South London’s MATT MALTESE Shares New Single + Video “You Deserve An Oscar” From Upcoming Album
August 13, 2021 BY Nettwerk
23-year-old south London artist Matt Maltese is sharing his new single “You Deserve An Oscar” off of his highly anticipated LP Good Morning It’s Now Tomorrow, which is due out October 8th via Nettwerk. Maltese’s new single mixes jangle pop with a classic pop piano ballad to create a kaleidoscopic funhouse for his, mostly, earnest ode to self-appreciation. Fittingly the music video for “You Deserve An Oscar” sees Maltese traipsing through a carnival, on the rides, hugging clowns, hanging out with a donkey as he sings to the camera. The new single from Maltese is packed with his humorous self-deprecation but a deep sincerity, reminding us to be a little softer with ourselves and those around us. Speaking to the single Maltese says;
“We all put on a brave face in this life, and this is a song for everyone who still carries on despite the misery and chaos. The greatest actors aren’t in Hollywood – they’re the people walking by you on the street, pretending everything’s ok. The song is both sincerely congratulatory and self-deprecating about the movie-esque roles we all play in everyday life by just pretending things are ok when they’re not. We all act to a certain extent I suppose, and this is kind of a hug of appreciation for those that do it so convincingly. I’d like it to be the kind of song people can sing to themselves as a kind of comical but genuine form of self-appreciation”
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‘You Deserve An Oscar’ follows the release of ‘Shoe’ and the album’s lead single ‘Mystery’ which was co-produced by Maltese and Margate producer Tom Carmichael with mixing by Grammy award winning Noah Georgeson. ‘Shoe’ and ‘Mystery’ have been met with critical acclaim from the likes of NME, DIY, Clash, The Line Of Best Fit, Gigwise, and many more. The tracks also landed on multiple press playlists including The Independent’s ‘Now Hear This’ and DIY’s tracks of the week, with ‘Mystery’ also featuring in Loud and Quiet’s ‘No Shit’, and So Young Magazine’s ‘So Young List’, alongside landing in The Rodeo and Far Out Magazine’s Tracks Of The Week roundups.
“A lot of this [new] record is escapism,” Maltese explains of Good Morning It’s Now Tomorrow, written and recorded between his London home and Echo Zoo studios on England’s south coast during the U.K.’s year-long lockdown. “I’ve had to find more meaning out of the small parts of life. I want this record to celebrate the theatre in all the small things. It’s so cheesy to say it, but I think life is best when you try to make the ordinary extraordinary.”
This sense of embracing positivity and romanticising the everyday runs throughout. “The love songs in particular I think feel in hindsight like they’re me stepping outside of the present, touching on moments in the past or daydreaming what tomorrow might look like,” Maltese explains. “They’re everything I want and think love to be – too-romantic, genuine, strange, a little gross, silly, normal, imperfect, all at once.” In his quest to capture the intensity of the feelings we share each and every day, the record represents Maltese’s biggest step forward so far.
Understandably, for an album written entirely at home during a worldwide pandemic, some feelings of helplessness also crept into the writing process. Never is that more striking than on ‘Good Morning’, a breezy pop song studded with dark lyrics about witch hunts and armageddon. “It’s about the slow moving beast that moves everything forward,” Maltese says, reflecting on a rare moment the album dives into something like realism. “No matter how many people are dying and how much tragedy there is, society still moves forwards. I wanted to reflect on that and talk about how a lot of everyday life is about making peace with that powerlessness. There were a lot of moments last year of thinking, “Fuck, how do we change things and will these systems of power ever really change until it gets literally apocalyptic?” It’s a little bit of me saying I don’t know what I can do but I’ll think every day about how I can be a better part of this world.”
Where once he would have stared impending doom in the face and found a way to make fun of himself for basking in its darkness, now Maltese is more determined than ever to look to tomorrow and find a positive way forwards. “It’s a real coping record,” Maltese says of making his most optimistic work during “the worst period” of global unrest in his lifetime. “The pandemic made me very aware of the small things and the important things. It made the past feel even further away which is why I think the album is so hopeful. It made me realise which relationships and connections are real and a true source of joy. It made me latch onto those things more than ever.”
Getting away from the character he created for himself on previous albums has led to a more grounded and content place for Maltese. Lead single ‘Mystery’ captures a snapshot of his immediate world and the strangeness of the vast planet on which we all live. It’s a song that states the obvious in many ways, capturing the fact that nobody truly has a handle on how life works but trying to reach a place of being able to enjoy that lack of understanding. “In many ways this album is me simply being in awe of everything and confused but at peace,”Maltese says when summing up the album. “I never want to sound hopeless or like I get it, because I don’t. Life feels like a search but that’s the whole point.” Finally comfortable in life’s many uncomfortable positions, the new album is Matt Maltese admitting that he doesn’t have the answers he once thought he did and, most importantly, finding peace in knowing that none of us ever will.