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Matt Maltese announces new album with title-track "Driving Just To Drive"

20 January 2023, 15:11 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Matt Maltese has shared news of his fourth album Driving Just To Drive, and has unveiled the title-track as the lead outing.

"Driving Just To Drive" is Maltese's first release since October's "Mother", which will also feature on his upcoming album.

"I think getting older and busier, you can sometimes create a rewards-system in your brain, where every action needs to have a reason for doing that action," Maltese says. "But there’s also a whole new fresh load of doom out there that sometimes can put our obsession with personal ‘growth’ into perspective. I often live in a building-block mindset where I need to do this thing so I can do that thing and that means I’ll have a chance at that other thing. In the meantime, there are all these uncontrollable (and maybe even unchangeable) realities, like a wealth-bias financial system and an exponentially heating world, that could render all the productivity pointless."

He adds, "I thought a lot back to being younger and how much more I used to do things just to do them. Playing on a playground as a kid or just going for a drive and listening to music in the car. I used to love stuff with no sense of an outcome, with no sense of self-imposed necessity. I think it’s important to have some of that in our lives."

Driving Just To Drive will follow Maltese's 2021 album Good Morning It’s Now Tomorrow, and saw him work with producer Josh Scarbrow. "I’m bad at letting go to make someone else help me, but I’ve got better," Maltese adds. "Sharing those moments in real life with another person is just really nice. Josh hadn’t made an album before which I loved, and also working with someone my age ended up being really important."


  1. Mother
  2. Irony Would Have It
  3. Florence
  4. Mortician
  5. Museum
  6. Widows
  7. Coward
  8. Driving Just to Drive
  9. Hello Black Dog
  10. Suspend Your Disbelief
  11. But Leaving Is

"Driving Just To Drive" is out now. Matt Maltese's fourth album of the same name will be released on 28 April via Nettwerk.

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