Review by: Annabelle McKinnon
Taking a step away from the heart of the city, Flinders Universityhosted our very own Australian treasure; Matt Corby.
For those who aren’t familiar with Matt Corby, he is a folk-like indie artist that broke off the shackles from his stint on Australian Idol, which shot him into fame and established him as a legitimately serious (and super talented) musician.
Surrounded by an array of instruments, Corbytruly put on a one-man show. Complete with a synth, both electric and acoustic guitars, the bongos, a keyboard and his harmonious backing vocals, he can entertain an audience to a tee. On top of this, he whipped out a flute towards the end of the set, sending the crowd wild.
His latest album, Rainbow Valley, is a carefully curated piece of work. The consideration that goes into each song is evident, with Corbyusing a mixture of instruments to create his signature style. It was actually quite startling how many elements he had to keep on top of during his solo set.
The moody performance reflected all aspects of the evening. Swarms of people with blankets draped across their laps sat on-top of the stairs cascading down to the stage. I found it hard to spot an open phone amongst the crowd, showing the captivating hold Corby’s performance had on people.
The highlights were exactly what I envisioned. Popular hits Brotherand Resolutiongot the most people to the stage with Corbycleverly spacing them apart in the set. Empires Attractionwas a light and airy hit as he showcased his flute skills. Knifes Edgewas a haunting song that showed the depth of his vocal range. A personal favourite, Better, was complete with synth and thoughtful lyrics. Whatever song it was, Matt Corby didn’t seem to miss a beat.
A very solid performance. 9 out of 10 stars.