All images by Nathan Lenton, @nathanlenton on Instagram.
Matt Corby, best known for shaking the stigma of being an Australian Idol alum off and establishing himself as a brilliant artist, arrived in Adelaide for his Rainbow Valley Tour.
Supported by Melbourne-based singer songwriter Eliott who displayed her striking vocals with her debut EP as well as Sydney artist Blessed. The punk and hip-hop wrapper, singer and producer gave us one punchy track after the other.
The labour of love that seems to be Matt’s newest album, and arguably his entire career, was in perfect display at the Flinders University Plaza.
The setlist seemed to take you on a journey, the almost troubled music that Matt had his breakthrough with, spanning towards the vibrant and hopeful tone that Rainbow Valley embodies.
Whilst most of his major hits were sung early on, Matt kept the audience entertained. The backup band were spectacular but much like the spotlight that shined on Matt, he was a one man band. A literal description as Matt was surrounded by an array of instruments.
To his left was a drum set and to his right, keyboards. Then to follow with an acoustic guitar, a synth, an electric guitar, the bongos and to my bewilderment a flute when he started singing Empires Attraction.
The entire band was on point but special mention must be given to the backup singers whose voices complemented Matts perfectly.
Highlights were, unsurprisingly, Brother, and in perfect time as the clouds parted and the night sky revealed itself alongside to Matt’s haunting lyrics.
With No Ordinary Life, Knifes Edge, and Resolution as other noteworthy renditions, props must be given to the setlist’s order, the flow of song from song really displayed a lot of care.
With Miracle Love played for the encore, Matt’s growth as an artist was capped off in one concert; all the moody and haunting themes in his music compounding with a hopeful ending.