PLAYS: DECEMBER 29
STAGE: VINES STAGE
Over the past year, MAALA has risen from little known Kiwi enigma to garnering near instant acclaim on the world stage. Since first single 'Touch' hit the airwaves (reaching #2 on the Alternative Airplay charts and over 1 million streams on Spotify alone), the accolades flooded in, the streams kept flowing, and the fan base grew exponentially. In an age of oversharing, MAALA’s anonymity put the focus back on the music. Where it should be.
With the wheels firmly in motion, fellow Kiwi Zane Lowe, host of Apple's taste-making Beats 1 radio show, proclaimed that MAALA's music 'blew him away’, even premiering the buzzing, new wavy ‘Into the Air’ to millions of listeners. Evidently, Evan’s first release, 2015’s MAALA EP, was an instant success (Top 5 iTunes, #3 NZ Top 40) with over three million streams and counting. Numerous international blogs praised the release, including Hilly Dilly (“…a rather invincible body of work,”) Acid Stag, (“Another mysterious newcomer bringing some serious talent to the scene…”) as well as local blogs including Sniffers and Libel. A sold out EP release show followed.
Now with his recently released new album Composure, MAALA reaches – and in many cases, surpasses -- the upper echelons of his contemporaries. The songs twist and turn but never deviate from their path. Some swell up in steady euphoric revelry; others simmer in the heat of heartbreak and lost love. All this from a guy of just 21.