I love that I can say I wouldn’t be this way without you.
3. 11. 16
We all gravitate towards different kinds of music. Based on subjective experiences, the music our parents listened to, and who knows, maybe sometimes its just the way we are wired, but we all tend to like certain music more than others. Within that, there are specific things—specific sounds of instruments and their combinations with others, along with specific tempos or tones—we look for in bands or artists we are listening to. All these different instruments create vibes defined by different genres and sub-genres etc. Of course, we all like more than these things in particular, and rarely does one aspect of an artist or band carry the rest of the band if they are unbalanced and not skilled in at least some of those other areas. But that thing you look for in your first listen, that thing which above all is most important and usually the basis for which you listen to an artist, that is usually what you hold most dear. And for me, on a large and general scale, it is vocals. This is why this week I chose to review Matt Corby’s Telluric (album may contain explicit language).
The way I first heard about Matt was in his single Resolution a few years back which was the title track for an EP he released. That first listen to that track I knew I was listening to one of the best voices I had ever heard. Flash forward three years later, and this past friday Corby released Telluric. Rather than just being the guy know for his great and powerful voice, Corby has clearly put in the work to create his own smooth sound and persona, and he has done that quite successfully on Telluric. Telluric is primarily filled with electric guitar and bass which not only complements Corby’s voice, but also changes the way he sings. They move far more in tandem than ever before for Corby. The instruments are just as much of a guiding force on the record as his voice, compared to sounding like background music platforming his voice when it’s acoustic. Even with all this talk about how great of a vocalist he is, Corby is also a very talented guitarist and overall musician whose creativity is just as vital as the abilities he uses to execute it. In spite of all of this, I still think Corby could have written some better songs, as some of them lack that “draw in” factor that others contain so clearly. Regardless of any minor issues in Corby’s songwriting, do not let Telluric be an album you let pass by this year.
Edit on 7. 1. 16: Too be honest, this album was a letdown despite what I said in the review. I will change the rating below from what it was.
For Fans Of: Josh Garrels, Roo Panes, Matthew and the Atlas
Favorite Songs: Belly Side Up, Knife’s Edge, Wrong Man, Why Dream
Top 10 Potential: Yes
Albums Cover: 9/10
What are your thoughts on the album? Love it? Hate it? Indifferent? I’d love to hear what you are thinking. Was there another album released this Friday or just in general you want to recommend to myself and others to listen to? Feel free to post any thoughts or recommendations below!
Other Notable Releases
Christon Gray – The Glory Album
Normandie – Inguz
Aurora – All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend
Into It. Over It. – Standards
The Hip Abduction – Gold Under the Glow