This week’s Thursday Track is by Steve Maloney and the Wandering Kind – RHR’s latest signing. Maloney appeared to me seemingly out of nowhere. Actually, not ‘nowhere’, per say. His brother Phil plays in Hey Rosetta! whom I know from my days at Sonic Entertainment Group. He tipped me off. Of course, my first thought was that he was being a good brother, promoting his brother’s new band. Then I got the album, put it on my phone, took a walk with it on a cloudy spring day in my Halifax neighbourhood. I fell head over heels in love.
Steve Maloney can SING. His songwriting is smart, the instrumentation is fresh… it’s like M Ward had a baby with Rufus Wainright and Timber Timbre was their baby nurse for the first month or so. I could honestly go on and on, especially about that voice, but I will let you judge for yourself.
And for good measure, a video of the beautiful “Morning Break” and to further prove his singing chops and songwriting prowess – “Forest Fire” (live). I can’t believe I’m about to type this, but.. *Swoon*.