In Hawaiian, Malihini means “newcomer”, and that’s what Giampaolo Speziale and Federica Caiozzo were to most when they released their debut single ‘Waiting’ towards the back end of last year. Some time has passed, and the pair have relocated back to Italy from London to work on their debut album. Don’t worry though: they’ve gifted us with new track ‘Miss’ while we wait for the collection.
Speaking of the track, the band say: “‘Miss’ is a love song, containing memories and hopes and fears. When we were writing it we found ourselves in one of those rhythmic loops. A loop that felt tribal, almost. We scrambled some words together and they came out so naturally it felt like we were exhaling the lyrics rather than writing them”.
With the percussive, repetitive loop that extends through much of the track and Giampaolo and Federica’s cascading vocals and harmonies, the sense of being caught in time, almost tethered to a place is palpable. That jungle beat might lull you into a hypnotic state, but prepared to be brought to your senses by a shuddering, full-blooded climax that unleashes strident guitars and just a little bit of vintage synth. If Malihini are decamping for a while to work on their debut, the strength of this latest cut means you’ll only miss them even more while they’re gone.
We’ve got the first spin of ‘Miss’ below. Malihini play their debut headline show on 2nd October at The Waiting Room in London.