Australian Idol is not the regular starting place for a successful indie artist, but Sydney's Matt Corby is not a regular musician. Matt graced the reality show in 2007 before setting off on a musical journey which would see him settle in London after signing for the Communion Label (owned by Mumford and Sons' Ben Lovett). For a man just 21 years old, Corbyhas accomplished a lot already, with new EP Into the Flame his third release.
Already a renowned performer, Matt spent early 2011 playing sold out shows in London, while also featuring at SXSW in Austin. His intimate "Secret Garden" shows in fans' backyards back home in Australia have become famous. Into the Flame highlights his growth as an artist, with four beautifully assembled tracks.
Lead track "Brother" has been one of the most played tracks on Australian radio this year. "Brother" is reminiscent of Boy and Bear's whistle-friendly earlier work, and I just assumed he would be another artist in the growing procession of Australian folk artists.
I was incorrect. The remaining three tracks surprised me, drawing immediate comparisons with the versatile vocals of Jeff Buckley. "Souls a fire" is a favorite - slow, brooding and bluesy - while "Big Eyes" is an angelic duo with keyboardist and ex-Middle East member, Bree Tranter.
Already a veteran of the industry, Corby's star is on the rise. Already planning a tour early next year, more music is bound to follow. An incredible young talent.