Single Review: Mal Blum – Nobody Waits/San Cristóbal

Mal Blum is a singer/songwriter and musician from New York whose music crosses the boundaries of folk, rock and punk. This isn’t the first time I’ve reviewed Mal’s music, and you can check that out here. I wanted to visit some of Mal Blum’s music to prepare for their upcoming release which I will be reviewing. Today, however, I will be reviewing their double single ‘Nobody Waits/San Cristóbal’ which was released on November 20th 2020. 

‘Nobody Waits’ opens with Mal’s rich, inviting voice leading us in, accompanied by a light bass that slowly builds, adding in percussive and guitars to add depth and complexity to the overall performance. But the highlight is the vocals which are soft and melancholic and wonderful, you just really get lost in their singing. That being said, I did really like the melody, it was a nice tune, with highs and lows, slower and faster moments and all together the result is a really strong number. 

‘San Cristóbal’ has a heavier, almost distorted guitar, with a staccato percussive beat that supports the vocals, and Mal gives another impressive performance. I loved the accent and delivery of this song, and man you just get caught up in this track. It has a nice energy, and whereas the previous song has a sadder, softer vibe, this was more confrontational and has an edgier vibe, it really worked and together both express the elements of a richly layered and incredibly talented musician. Much like with the previous track, the vocals are superb but the actual melody itself is really strong and really catchy. 

So that’s what I thought of Mal Blum’s double single ‘Nobody Waits’ and ‘San Cristóbal’ and if you want to check that out for yourself then head on over to Spotify. While you’re at it, make sure and support the artist by checking out their website and by following them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

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