Preview: Matt Corby at Engine Rooms, Southampton

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The effortlessly cool Matt Corby returns to stages around the UK this spring to preview his debut album Telluric.

Having released ‘Monday’ from the album last October, his first new material in two years, audiences have been kept anxiously waiting about whether we’d hear from the Australian indie-rock artist again. The reaction to his live return has been immense, with the Bristol, London and Southampton dates of the tour selling out quickly.

The three recent songs that have been unveiled from the upcoming album promise good things to come. ‘Monday’ builds heavy layers of voices and a simple click rhythm that grows into claps, giving a gospel edge to the tune and making for the perfect return track. Matt’s vocal range is showcased with spectacular ease, from bluesy lows to soaring high notes. ‘Sooth Lady Wine’ has a retro keyboard beat behind the vocals, lending an 80’s game show feel to it. The psychedelic swirls of notes sound similar to one’s heard on Tame Impala’s latest album, Currents. ‘Knife Edge’, the latest output, has a more irregular, jazzy beat that’s heavy in drums and features a synthy keyboard sequence that wouldn’t sound out of place in a haunted house.

Birmingham-based Chartreuse fill the support slot for this tour, featuring rolling guitars and contrasting pitches of voice. Both acts associate with the Communion label, run by Mumford and Sons’ Ben Lovett.

Matt Corby has also been announced to play at Citadel festival this year, where Communion has it’s own stage. This comeback show is not one to be missed, especially for those who fell in love with his folky charms years and years back.

 

Matt Corby’s show at the Engine Rooms in Southampton on the 12th March is now sold out.

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