11 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The prospect of fatherhood puts time into perspective, so it’s no surprise that it had a potent influence on Sydney's Matt Corby. That creative momentum got him back into the studio for his sophomore album, shedding any lingering self-consciousness about his professional identity. The search for a soul-driven sound to call his own took several EPs, culminating with his debut full-length album, 2016’s Telluric, and now, with Rainbow Valley, Corby is in a more comfortable place. Building on the experimentation that he began with his first album, he crafts elaborate backdrops against which his vocals can play. With production reminiscent of Spacebomb’s Matthew E. White, Corby teamed with Dann Hume to stretch the way his voice wends around each track’s arrangement. He laces “No Ordinary Life” with an R&B falsetto, sways with a gospel choir on “Get With the Times”, croons Amos Lee-style against the piano-backed slow burn of “Miracle Love” and winds it down on the dance floor with the D’Angelo-inspired “Elements". It’s no mistake that he named Rainbow Valley after the place where he lives with his partner and child. The LP finds Corby right at home in many soul styles.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The prospect of fatherhood puts time into perspective, so it’s no surprise that it had a potent influence on Sydney's Matt Corby. That creative momentum got him back into the studio for his sophomore album, shedding any lingering self-consciousness about his professional identity. The search for a soul-driven sound to call his own took several EPs, culminating with his debut full-length album, 2016’s Telluric, and now, with Rainbow Valley, Corby is in a more comfortable place. Building on the experimentation that he began with his first album, he crafts elaborate backdrops against which his vocals can play. With production reminiscent of Spacebomb’s Matthew E. White, Corby teamed with Dann Hume to stretch the way his voice wends around each track’s arrangement. He laces “No Ordinary Life” with an R&B falsetto, sways with a gospel choir on “Get With the Times”, croons Amos Lee-style against the piano-backed slow burn of “Miracle Love” and winds it down on the dance floor with the D’Angelo-inspired “Elements". It’s no mistake that he named Rainbow Valley after the place where he lives with his partner and child. The LP finds Corby right at home in many soul styles.

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About Matt Corby

Matt Corby is a raspy-voiced Australian singer and songwriter with several charting, award-winning original songs. Raised on gospel music and later developing a fondness for Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young, Corby played locally in his native Sydney and toured with a church band before finishing second on Australian Idol in 2007.

Scorpio Music released his intimate, acoustic guitar-based debut EP, Song For…, in 2009, after which Corby relocated to London, England and signed with the Communion label. They issued the EPs My False and Transition to Colour in 2010. The songwriter soon had some of his tunes licensed for American and Australian television series, including Home and Away and Brothers and Sisters. Meanwhile, he performed at the SXSW music festival in in the U.S. in addition to shows in Australia and the U.K., the latter of which included support dates with Elbow. A fourth EP, Into the Flame, arrived in late 2011 and featured a bluesier sound with more forceful vocals.

By the end of 2012, Into the Flame had been certified platinum multiple times over in Australia, where it reached number three. His next single, "Resolution," from a 2013 EP of the same name, also hit the Top Five of the singles chart and won an ARIA for Song of the Year. The EP Live on the Resolution Tour followed before the end of the year. Corby reemerged in the fall of 2015 with the soulful single "Monday" from his full-length debut, Telluric, issued by Universal Music Australia and Atlantic in March 2016. ~ Marcy Donelson

HOMETOWN
Sydney, New South Wales, Australi
BORN
07 November 1990

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