Matt Corby – Telluric
Matt Corby has certainly walked a long and winding road to get to his first album. Starting out as a contestant on Australian Idol, releasing a few EPs ranging from folk to indie pop, completely scrapping his first attempt at an album and eventually settling on a sound akin to Paolo Nutini. The final destination makes the journey all worth it though as Telluric is an excellent debut. It takes out of the box soul classics like Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Going On’ and takes it even further out of the box. It lacks the power and passion that is possessed by a lot of other soul music, instead venturing down the slow and smooth approach.
Musically there’s a lot going on, from the a capella gospel of ‘Monday’ and the trippy organ coda of ‘We Could Be Friends’, to the Jeff Buckley-esque ‘Good To Be Alone’. There is a top band at work behind the man himself that provides a strong and steady platform for the vocals. Matt is always at the forefront with one of the most soothing voices around, one that you truly feel like a cool breeze on a hot day. Telluric is a thoroughly subtle offering and at times leaves you wanting some big WOW moment to come and hit you, but there’s no denying the consistent good quality. Rarely does someone exceed my expectations but Corby has done just that. He’s proven that he has a lot to offer, he’s earned his stripes and I look forward to hearing what else he has up his sleeve.