Entering the dimly lit basement of Servant Jazz Quarters late last year I heard gorgeous, soft piano tones set alongside a woozy yet beautiful voice, reminiscent of Guillemots' Fyfe Dangerfield. It was the sound of the 20 year old singer-songwriter Matt Maltese; and it was truly special.
'Studio 6' is his latest single and it perfectly captures the atmosphere which I witnessed that night. It's of little surprise that he references influences such as Leonard Cohen and Francoise Hardy, as he shares their passion for detailed imagery, lived-in characters and evocative storytelling.
This track is taken from his forthcoming EP 'In A New Bed' which is due for release on 22nd April and promises an encapsulating glimpse into what looks to be a very promising future for the young talent.