Matt Maltese / Chartreuse - YES, Manchester
Returning to Manchester for the second November in a row, Matt Maltese brought his charismatic, self deprecating heartache to YES’ Pink Room on Tuesday evening as part of his UK headline tour.
Support for the evening came from the Black Country’s Chartreuse. Gliding through a thirty minute set of jazz inspired, melancholic pop, including the incredibly atmospheric Midnight Oil; the quartet’s laidback, down to earth stage presence is nothing short of endearing. The combination of both Harriet and Michael’s simultaneously soft and powerful vocals held the Pink Room captivated.
Ending their set with some chat with the crowd, Chartreuse’ blend of jazz and indie couldn’t have been better suited to open for Maltese.
Taking to the stage with the charismatic chatter many have come to know and love, Matt Maltese opened his Krystal live show with a discussion on the softness of his jacket swiftly followed by the album’s opener Rom-Com Gone Wrong.
As anticipated, the intimacy of Maltese’s incredibly honest, intimate tales of heartbreak shone through the mask of alluring harmonies and swirling synths to flawlessly translate the raw emotion he’s put into each and every track in true testament to the quality of his songwriting abilities.
Treating fans to a taste of both Krystal and the slick humour of 2018’s critically acclaimed Bad Contestant via the likes of Like A Fish, Tall Buildings and As The World Caves In, not a moment of Maltese’s time of stage faltered in quality or charisma. Despite the simplicity of his live show, Matt’s charisma filled chats and stories between songs provide a sense of intimacy most performances as of late are lacking, adding his incredible presence to the long list of qualities behind his artistry.
Leaving the stage following the poignant Wish You’d Ask Me, Maltese returned minus his band to conclude another all too short trip to Manchester with When You Wash Your Hair, leaving most on the verge of tears, but most of all longing for more.