Malibu Hot Flush – “Make It Matter”


“Make It Matter” is a hypnotic synth-pop delight from Malibu Hot Flush, a collaborative project from Italian singer/guitarist Luigi Tiberio and English modular artist Tim Bleasdale. Their melding of new-wave, post-punk, and disco make for a melodic sound that balances bright synths with moody vocal and rhythmic dispositions.

Tiberio’s vocals exude a soaring, dynamic quality reminiscent of MGMT’s recent, psych-inclined material. Bleasdale’s synths add a colorful, atmospheric grounding throughout — its natural and spontaneous feeling propelled by the modular analogue system setup — “all cables, sequences of light and very much electric hardware.” The “it doesn’t matter to me,” refrain plays with strong replay-inducing effect, with the chiming synths and blaring background converging for an intoxicating pop mix.

The act looks forward to multiple singles on the horizon, working with Tony Doogan (Mogwai) at Castle of Doom Studios, Glasgow.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of December 2022’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup. The submitter accepted our content-based offer, which included financial compensation for our time writing, editing, and publishing this article.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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