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Following the release of sparkling first single No Ordinary Life in August, Matt Corby today announces the release of his long-awaited second album, Rainbow Valley, with a new song All Fired Up and tour dates for UK and Europe.
The bare-bones ballad talks of struggle from the outside, draping the stark, aching admission, “when you break, I break”, over an understated piano arrangement. Matt also releases a live video performing this track as a one-take version on the piano, filmed on the lawn of his home studio in Northern NSW.
WATCH MATT PERFORMING ‘ALL FIRED UP’
Recorded in the idyllic surroundings of Byron Bay’s Music Farm studios, Rainbow Valley follows acclaimed 2016 debut album, Telluric, and traces Corby’s journey into fatherhood. “When I found out I was going to be a father, it helped me get my head together,” Corby explains. “And as part of that, I was able to set aside a lot of weird hang ups 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.”
In exploring new directions, Corby has not forgotten his past. Like Telluric before it, much of the creative momentum behind Rainbow Valley was born from jam sessions with old friend and long-time artistic foil Alex Henriksson. “I do most my experimenting, jamming, song-writing, fun sort of stuff with him,” says Corby of Henriksson. “He’s co-writer of two songs on the record (“Get With The Times” and “Rainbow Valley”), but a lot comes from what we did together. We hang out and try all kinds of stuff until we find something that we can grow to sound good, and because we know each other so well, we can push the boundaries a lot with those ideas.”
Buoyed by a boatload of inspiration from those creative sessions, earlier this year Corby began work on the album proper. As he had with Telluric, Corby once again enlisted the help of producer Dann Hume and engineer Matthew Neighbour. Everything else, he took care of himself. “I play and sing every part on the album, again,” he says. “Working like that meant we could really develop ideas quickly – when I want it to feel a certain way, I know five things I can do on six instruments that could potentially create that, and so we just go through them all.”
The results speak for themselves. Lush, multi-textured and sparked by hints of both old soul and futuristic psychedelia, Rainbow Valley is, in Corby’s words “joyous music”, but it also has the depth and perspective of an artist who understands you can’t just take the good times for granted, you have to earn them. “We definitely tried to be wary of that,” says Corby. “The more joyous you go with anything, the more you need to have all your bases covered, and then the content of what you're actually talking about becomes very crucial.”
Rainbow Valley releases on November 2nd via Atlantic Records – Pre-Order it here: ***
Matt will be returning to UK and Europe next January and February, with general on sale next Friday 14th of September
Tickets and more info here.
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