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Listening to ‘No Ordinary Life’ transports you into Matt Corby’s kaleidoscopic reimagining of the world. The slice of shimmering psychedelic splendour, tapping a bold new direction by twisting a mind-bending melody around a confronting, but ultimately uplifting lyric is the first taste of his joyous new album.
This new view of the world speaks volumes about Corby’s personal journey. After the soul searching and false starts that fed the creation of Telluric, its success – both artistically and critically – finally helped Corby to feel comfortable in his own skin. That sense of well-being, coupled with the recent birth of his first child, finds him more balanced, both as a person and an artist. “When I found out I was going to be a father, it helped me get my shit together,” Corby admits. “And as part of that, I was able to set aside a lot of weird hang ups that I used to have, personally and selfishly, about making music. So, when it came to writing, I found I could be less stubborn, more open minded to going in new musical directions.”
“On No Ordinary Life, we were using Willy Wonka as a reference, literally, as a way to write melodies,” Corby says. “I know that sounds a bit crazy, but that film has some strong melodic ideology. For some reason when you say Willy Wonka, it sets a mood – this magical, hyper-melodic, crooning, beautiful thing, a journey into the whimsical. We tried to make this song and a few others in that vein – as joyous as possible, which is definitely a change to what I used to do.”
In embracing a more uplifting atmosphere, Corby was also conscious of the need to maintain some depth of message, and lyrically, “No Ordinary Life” evokes challenge and encouragement in equal measure. “I think a lot of what I write is some form of self-soothing,” he says. “I speak to myself as much as I speak to my friends and the people whose lives I draw on for emotions and thought patterns and interactions and reactions. With ‘No Ordinary Life’, it is really just a reminder that even though we have all found our way to some form of monotony and formula in our general living, we are all powerful, interesting creatures that are all living completely separate experiences, all within the same relative time, and that in itself is extraordinary.”
Corby was joined in the studio once again by producer Dann Hume, who worked on the artists’ 2016 debut, Telluric, and together the pair created this new world for his second album. “No Ordinary Life” and the rest of the new album feature entirely Corby’s own performances, as he plays and sings every part himself, with Hume serving as both sounding board and co-writer. “Working like that meant we could really explore ideas quickly,” Corby says. “It’s just really easy when I want it to feel a certain way, I know five things that I can do on six instruments that could maybe potentially create that and so we just go through them all.”
With “No Ordinary Life” the first tantalising glimpse of that creative process, the album that is set to follow should serve up quite a journey. No golden ticket required.