Matt Maltese shares another taste off forthcoming album

London artist Matt Maltese has today shared the new track ‘Florence’, the final taste of the upcoming fourth album ‘Driving Just To Drive’ - out 28th of April via Nettwerk. ‘Driving Just To Drive’ is the first major body of work from Matt Maltese since his acclaimed third album ‘Good Morning It’s Now Tomorrow’ arrived in 2021.

Matt has now racked up half a billion streams across all platforms (with viral single ‘As The World Caves In’ counting for 290 million of them) and currently has over 6 million monthly listeners. Matt's audience also continues to grow on social media with 500,000 followers now on TikTok where global superstars like Doja Cat and BTS’ Kim Taehyung have become firm fans - the former even hosted an Instagram Live singalong of ‘Curl Up And Die’. Frank Ocean has also featured Matt's single ‘Rom-Com Gone Wrong’ on his Blonded Radio. Matt is credited as a songwriter on Jamie T’s 2022 #1 record ‘All In Good Time’, with Jamie naming him one of the UK’s best young songwriters in multiple press interviews around the album’s release. Matt has also recently co-written music with Joy Crookes and Celeste for their new records.

Speaking about ‘Florence’, Matt says: “This is a pretty old song that Josh [Scarbrow] convinced me to dig up from the grave and put on the album. I quite liked the idea of putting a song on the record that wasn’t really written at the same time as everything else. I’ve made a lot more peace with my greener, sincerer older songs that I wrote before I started making my first album, and songs like ‘Florence’ that have a multi-year gap between writing and recording often make for more interesting versions than the ones you write and record in the moment.”

He continues: “I wrote it after seeing a show (not Florence and the Machine) and it was right at the precipice of anger and acceptance with loss, and with life changing a lot. It kind of came at a moment in my life before I became a lot more set on bringing humour and self-deprecation into music, and around my first album being put together, I had come to find it far too sincere and ‘sweet’. Now I often come back to these older teenage songs years later and think their earnestness was actually something to be proud of, rather than cringe or make fun of, and I’m often trying to get closer to that, and still be funny sometimes (hopefully).”

Matt Maltese's new single 'Florence' is available HERE.

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