BAD CONTESTANT ATLANTIC, OUT 1 JUNE
Debut offering from lugubrious Londoner.
On his first album, 21- year-old Matt Maltese plays the loser lover, crooning his way through a set of gratifyingly droll dispatches from the frontline of hopeless romanticism. Drifting between swelling chamber pop and countrified ballads, Maltese’s arch confections have an obvious parallel in the work of Father John Misty, but the waves of bathos also recall Britpop raconteurs Jarvis Cocker and Neil Hannon. On the final two tracks, Maltese turns his attention to the apocalypse – although he’s careful not to let the subject matter ruffle his wryly doleful vocal. Bad Contestant may sound studiously restrained, but Maltese never lets things stagnate, buoying the album along with his amusing lyricism. Listen To: Greatest Comedian | Sweet 16 | Guilty