MALI MALI : Brotherly EP
By Anna Schlotjes
Mali Mali’s first EP is a raw, unpolished, emotional journey that wears its heart on its sleeve. From heartbreak to happiness ‘Brotherly’ is packed with a sensitivity that might draw out feelings you didn’t know you had. Vocalist, songwriter and guitarist Ben Tolich provides a touching vocal performance, delivering each line with feeling and commitment. The tracks are fully committed to emotive expression, however, when listened to inattentively, they do have the tendency to run into each other. One highlight is Niece, a piano instrumental that showcases a melancholic sense of beauty. The EP shows attention to detail, especially in the lyrics, which are poetic, thoughtful and uplifting all at the same time. Recorded by David Parker is is a cohesive and well put together collection. Mali Mali live is a three-piece with Joel Greatbatch and Peter Reid. Tolich delivers an un-invasive, fresh, genuine performance, and the intricacy of these five tracks encourages repeat listens.