New album from Matt Maltese on new label, sevenfoursevensix.Krystal, the second album from Matt Maltese, is a breakup record, but it’s also so much more than that. It’s a reckoning with self, a mental stock check, a re-evaluation and a shedding of an old skin.
Krystal is from a period of quiet contemplation, an album that sees him “daydreaming about and grieving the important people and moments I’ve had in my life, and getting swamped in the details”.Krystalprioritises openness and freedom. HighlightTall Buildingsis a hazy, swaying thing that sounds more 1969 than 2019, and is all the more wonderful for it. The sprightlyTokyo, meanwhile, invites the listener even closer, as he sings: “If you rip open my heart you’d see a whole lotta’ blood and arteries / But if I’m talking romantically, you’d see space for you”. Then there’sCurl Up And Die, the album’s emotional centrepiece. A gorgeous, reflective post-mortem on a relationship, it sees him ruminating on a time when “I worshipped the ground you walked on / I’d cut off my ear for you / I worshipped the towel you dried on / I’d kill all my friends for you.”