Malvin Moskalez ‘Ghosts’ is a thing of wonder. Using the tried and tested template of an acoustic guitar and strong vocals, Moskalez demonstrates that simplicity goes a long way.

‘Ghosts’ goes straight for the heart, ties a bow around it and gives you strength to fight whatever life throws at you. It’s a song about the demons in one’s head, the little voices who can make the ground shake relentlessly beneath your feet. It’s a stunning track that should appeal to fans of Bon Iver’s debut album, Jose Gonzalez, Ben Howard, Damien Rice, …


Malvin Moskalez is the nom de plume of Nico Goethals (Ghent, 1973). Behind this stage name lies a touching, personal story: “My grandmother, Malvina Tweckhuizen, ran a pub in Ghent. It was a people’s pub, whose patrons would come for a chat, a glass of the good stuff and a bit of fun. This high-spirited environment was in stark contrast to the life of my maternal grandmother, Tatiana Moskalez, a Russian-Ukrainian who, following two world wars, ended up in Belgium with a hard life behind her. The duality of pleasure and pain is something I also live with.


The name Malvin Moskalez is a tribute to my roots, to two women without whom I would not be here today.”  

Malvin Moskalez debut album will be released through [PIAS] Recordings later in the year.

‘Alone’ is the first piece of music to be released by Malvin Moskalez. The short and gentle instrumental piece serves as an introduction to Malvin’s captivating and moving songwriting.

Wandering the same emotional and aesthetic landscape as Eddie Vedder’s Into The Wild soundtrack or Bon Iver’s debut album, Malvin’s guitar has its own voice and tone, telling a whole story with just a few fingerpicking notes.

‘Alone’ is calm, soothing and simply beautiful.

Malvin Moskalez will release his debut album on [PIAS] Recordings later in the year.

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