Kurt Calleja—the suave, cool and chino-wearing Maltese music ambassador—is back with the title track from his new album Love on Mars. Not to be confused with Bowie’s Life On Mars, this track tells the story of two kids in love. In Calleja’s words, ‘It’s the work of a child’s imagination’.
Bright and foot-tappy, this song is all you want in 3 minutes of pop. The simple lyrics don’t move mountains (‘Take me where I want to go, we’ll take it fast, we’ll take it slow…’), but the visual treatment is compelling. The child actors add a sweetness and poignancy to this. True love takes one higher, no matter what your age. Quite why Mars is the shag venue of choice is not clear.
This is a step in the right direction for Calleja. He represented Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2012 in Azerbaijan, and managed to scrape into the final. He brought his flash-mob swagger to the contest, and his song ‘This Is The Night’ became a fan favourite.
Love On Mars validates the hype. My main criticism is the ‘swing’ intermission. It’s too predictable, especially with Calleja dressed in a suit. Hopefully, there will be a remix bundle to support this release, and keep us fans on the dancefloor.