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Matt Corby : Into the Flame

Into the Flame is a frighteningly sincere EP for a man only in his early 20s. The opening song Brother is its strongest track and possibly Corby's best release to date. It's hard to avoid singing along to the soulful vocals and growling chorus and at times it seems inspired by fellow Aussies Cloud Control. Perhaps only its length will limit its possibilities as a radio hit.

The rest of EP sadly lacks the same pace and energy, though it is still very powerful. The third track Untitled could make the manliest eyes water. The guitar and vocals are reminiscent of the late Jeff Buckley and at certain points, Bon Iver. It is a captivating and raw journey that will make you forget his talent show beginnings.

 

This humble EP is quite remarkable and a breath of fresh air in the Australian music industry, though you will have to be in the right mood to properly appreciate it. It is too deep for a summer afternoon but will go nicely with a quiet glass of wine in the evening.

 

 

 

BY SCOTT WILLIAMS

 


Best Track: Untitled


If You Like These, You'll Like This: Grace JEFF BUCKELY, For Emma Forever Ago BON IVER

 

In A Word: Honest

Into the Flame is out now through Universal Music.