Album Review: “Telluric” by Matt Corby

Smooth, velvety and groovy, Matt Corby delivers his debut record, Telluric, with grace and swag. Telluric came out March of this year on Elektra Records and May 21st the Australian begins his US/Canadian tour for the record. Corby is no stranger to the music scene. 2011 marked the released of his EP, Into the Flame, which received a great deal of attention and sent him speeding onto the fast track to a reputation for creating sexy songs that sooth the soul. Interestingly, Telluric wasn’t Corby’s first stab at writing a full length. Two years ago he threw down an entire record in LA. Discontented with the final product, he chucked the entire thing. With a new goal in mind (to create the record from start to finish, be responsible for every facet of the process), Corby began again. The result was Telluric.

Instantaneously, the record sucks you in with “Belly Side Up” and the second track, “Monday.”  “Monday” is a deliciously calming piece. Corby’s voice is rich, floating effortlessly above gospel inspired rhythms and harmonies. Unwavering, Corby reels you in, one note at a time, passion in abundance.

A perfect example of what Corby has to offer on this album is “Knife Edge.” It’s a fresh and sensual blend of jazz, soul and R&B. Corby takes these genres and twists them in his own unique way.

 

 

If Corby hasn’t set you afire yet, check out the smoky and sultry track, “Wrong Man.” Again, blending soul, R&B and this time even a hint of dream pop/electronic, Corby makes music that is sure give you the chills. I don’t know what he came up with in LA but if it wasn’t like what he brings to the table on Telluric, I’m glad he tossed it and came up with this material.

Telluric isn’t a record to rush through, just as the songs don’t rush you. Each track should be savored, enjoyed from start to finish. They soak effortlessly into your soul, delivering a sense of peace and stillness. Take “We Could Be Friends.” This track errs on the darker and deeper side but is still fully equipped with funky keyboards, jazzy keys and Corby’s versatile voice.

Congratulations to Matt Corby on creating a luxurious record which showcases his tenacity and natural ability as a musician. His take on R&B and soul with a flare of electronic is truly invigorating. The record is out now on Elektra Records and can be purchased on iTunes, Google Play and through his website.

Catch Corby touring May 21st.

May 21 /// Chicago, IL /// Vic Theatre
May 22 /// Minneapolis, MN /// Varsity Theatre
May 24 /// Boulder, CO /// Boulder Theatre
May 26 /// Vancouver, BC /// Commodore Ballroom
May 28 /// George, WA /// Sasquatch! Music Festival
May 29 /// Portland, OR /// Crystal Ballroom
June 1 /// San Francisco, CA /// The Fillmore
June 4 /// Los Angeles, CA /// The Wiltern
June 8 /// Dallas, TX /// Trees
June 9 /// Austin, TX /// Hogg Auditorium
June 11 /// Atlanta, GA /// The Buckhead Theatre
June 13 /// Washington DC /// 9:30 Club
June 14 /// Philadelphia, PA /// Union Transfer
June 16 /// New York, NY /// Terminal 5
June 18 /// Toronto, ON /// Massey Hall
June 19 /// Montreal, QC /// Corona Theatre
June 20 /// Boston, MA /// Paradise Rock Club

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