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Song You Need to Know: Matt Maltese, ‘Smile in The Face of The Devil’

Set to appear on his forthcoming Quiet Recordings EP, Matt Maltese reminds the listener to confront negativity with positivity in his latest track.


Just mere months on from the release of his last studio album, English musician Matt Maltese is back with another stellar song, sharing “Smile in The Face of The Devil” today.

Having first appeared on the radar of music-lovers back in 2015, Maltese’s alluring mix of indie rock and chamber pop made him something of an intriguing addition to countless playlists and collections around the world. As the years went by, the rising artist found himself unleashing a series of EPs and albums, with the most recent of which, Good Morning It’s Now Tomorrow, arriving back in October.

Not content to let himself stagnate following these previous two years spent in stasis, Maltese is back at it again, sharing “Smile in The Face of The Devil” as the first taste of a forthcoming EP.

Beginning with a hazy, almost intoxicating series of piano chords, Maltese’s comforting voice soon joins into the mix as he urges the listener to neglect the negativity in life and maintain a positive outlook as one moves forward. “All you gotta do is shift your upper lip and smile in the face of the devil,” he reminds the listener.

Given the past two years that many of us have faced, it’s track that’s not only greatly needed in these current times, but one that exists to remind us that there’s always a way to address the difficulties that lay before us.

“Smile in The Face of The Devil” is set to appear on Maltese’s forthcoming stripped-down EP, Quiet Recordings, which will be released on April 8th. Alongside today’s new single, it also features “quiet” versions of four beloved singles from his back catalogue.

Matt Maltese’s “Smile in The Face of The Devil” is out now, while his Quiet Recordings EP will be released on April 8th via Nettwerk.