Wednesday 21 November 2012

Matt Corby - Into The Flame EP

Australian singer-songwriter Matt Corby releases his 'Into The Flame' EP this week, though his musical career began in 2007 where, at just 16, he finished as runner-up in that year's Australian Idol.  He could certainly teach our UK contestants a thing or two.  In the talent show battle for 'authenticity', Corby has it in spades.

His distinctive vocal is immediately apparent.  With an impressive range and wide vibrato, he brings to mind a male Lianne La Havas or Anna Calvi, though there's a pleasing roughness to his lower register that ensures his soulful voice varies from sweet falsetto to a guttural roar.  His musical style is similarly varied, from Damien Rice-esque balladeer to a tough, bluesy sound more reminiscent of Jeff Buckley.

Brother is the lead single and catchiest track on the EP with its cooing falsetto hook and rhythmic chorus.  Elsewhere, Souls A'fire switches to electric guitar for a blues feel; Untitled features a gospel style organ as it slow-burns; and Big Eyes is a largely acoustic ballad featuring the vocals of Bree Tranter of Australian band The Middle East.  As a whole, the songs are a little slow, lacking the distinctiveness of Corby's voice, and previous single Made of Stone remains his most heart-breaking track.  Yet his unique vocal sets him apart from the competition - definitely one to watch.


Listen: 'Into The Flame' is available now.