“Monotonija, Sabiħa”

A Review of Brikkuni’s latest track Għadna
by Luke Scerri


From the powerful title track released in December of 2016—a track that escalates from a timid reflection of love to a sudden morbid acceptance of pointlessness and a plunge into an abyss—this latest Brikkuni track Ghadna is a continuation of these two elements intertwined together, yet this time, there is a struggle to understand the subtle sorrowful process of disenchantment.

An isolated rhythmic teardrop of a chord strikes the piano for the first few seconds, until a man—‘the most savage Maltese man’—utters the first words of a very romantic sentiment of desire, juxtaposed with the feeling of solitude that one occasionally experiences when driving home. Following this is a far-away beautiful melancholic response of a woman (sung by Yews) resonating in the male persona’s mind as he slowly arrives home and expresses his longing for her.

James Joyce once said that ‘in the particular lies the universal’, and one finds a perfect example of this here; modern-age intimacy found in the simple mundane act of watching a film, as Yews sings the words;

‘Ħallihom f’idi u mur inħasel
forsi għal darba nilħqu film mill-bidu nett
u nibqgħu imqajmin sat-tmiem’

As the warm-toned guitar and a string section follow a duet-part of the song, the mood changes to one of genuine pitiful sorrow where the melody slightly picks up itself and the guitar melody brings a glimpse of hope in the monotony and the peculiar contemplative awareness of time that are evoked through the lyrics.

Just before the concluding playful instrumental melody comes in mocking the despair of the human struggle, both personas dismiss the romantic sentiment and forlornly acknowledge the delusion of their lives, as Vella aptly puts it;

‘Ara taħseb ma nistaqsix
għalfejn ilalla għadna flimkien?’

The authenticity of the song and the honesty that comes through it is not a surprise, coming from the same man who wrote the words to songs like Ix-Xewk u x-Xwiek or Tiddi x-Xemx Fuq Din l-Għodwa Moħlija. Vella’s reputation for being direct and to the point—thankfully—goes beyond his facebook posts and in a song like this —and in a song like Rub Al Khali for that matter—the man shows no fear of stripping down naked in front of all his fans and ‘enemies’ for the sake of art.

Hear Brikkuni’s Għadna here.

Featured photo by Daniel Abdilla.

Contributed by Luke Scerri



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