Matthew John Corby was born 7 November 1990 in Oyster Bay (NSW), and achieved his commercial breakthrough with his fourth EP, Into the Flame (2011), which peaked at #3 on the ARIA Singles Chart, and by April 2012, had sold in excess of 420,000 copies, his 2011 single Brother and his 2013 single Resolution both won ARIA Music Awards for Song of the Year. In his teens Corby was steeped in gospel music and played guitar with a Christian motivational youth band called Iron and Clay (Corby below left with the band), who toured nationally in schools, churches, and festivals. At age 16, he auditioned for the fifth season of Australian Idol, where he finished runner-up to Natalie Gauci (pictured below), he subsequently described the experience as a mistake, which left him confused about his future musical directions, and struggling to deal with depression and anxiety.In 2008 he traveled to London seeking inspiration and there he hooked up with Communion Records (Mumford & Sons) where he was encouraged to write songs and his second EP My False was released in 2010, followed later that year by his third EP Transition to Colour. For the next year he would travel and perform in the UK and US, returning to Australia in 2011 where he developed new songs for his fourth EP, Into The Flame recorded at One Flight Up studios in St. Peters (Syd) with producer Tim Carr (Julia Stone, Jay Z, Urthboy).The first track released as a single was the haunting, emotional lament of Brother, a song inspired by an incident in which Corby fell out badly with a close friend after he betrayed his confidence by sleeping with his mate’s girlfriend, the lyrics are heartfelt and regretful, yet there seems no way this friendship can be salvaged ”Somebody call out to your brother/He’s calling out your name/Oh oh oh/ Hiding under the covers/With no one else to blame/Oh oh oh/You couldn’t help out your own neighbour/ You couldn’t tell it to his face/ You were fucked up by the blame …”
Corby brings a unique vocal quality to the recording, the opening keening falsetto takes the listener by surprise, the lyrics are raw and confessionally honest, he uses tempo and volume changes to evoke a serene sensitivity on the verses, with subtle keyboards and guitar, but delivers the choruses with a bluesy, emphatic inflexion as the bass of Tristan Thorne and the percussion of Tim Coghill rumbles beneath Corby’s impassioned vocals. The use of both musical and lyrical light and shade throughout the song artfully conveys the undiluted emotional arc of the inspiration for the song, Corby’s interpretation here has been compared to Jeff Buckley. The accompanying film clip is a live acoustic performance of the song by Corby in March 2012 in the studios of Triple J. He is the 26th Australian male singer and the 100th Australian act to reach the number one position on the ARIA albums chart with his debut album Telluric (2016).