What does it sound like?:
Malihini consist of a young Italian couple, Giampaolo Speziali and Federica Caiozzo. They sound as though they are drifting aimlessly through life, spending all their time mooning over each other. On Hopefully Again, their debut album, they invite us into their universe, probably a dilapidated bedsit in Rome, but they are so self-absorbed, they don’t notice we are there. The outside world barely intrudes on their daily existence, even when it snows.
The sound is simple, no clutter. There’s a nice chicka-chicka guitar, the bass is plump, the drums unobtrusive and the synthesiser neat and tidy. Federica’s vocals are hushed and smoky, Giampaolo’s confident and intimate. Most of all, God bless them, there are tunes. The melodies are strongest in the choruses but there is sweetness everywhere across all of the ten co-written songs. The whole album is sensual and romantic, a real pleasure to listen to. Hopefully Again improves with repeated listens as though it matures with time. It’s the kind of record that will be described in those reverent tones used when looking back at a lost classic. It’s an album to cherish and to nurture. Catch it now, while you can.
What does it all *mean*?
It’s great to see young love blossoming and growing.
Goes well with…
A soppy heart.
Might suit people who like…
A slightly less sophisticated Eg & Alice – 24 Years Of Hunger