Matt Corby will celebrate his forthcoming album release with a run of tour dates in late May and early June.
Revered artist, Matt Corby, has just announced his first national tour in four years presented by triple j, in support of his upcoming album Everything’s Fine out March 24 via Island Records Australia. With the news, Matt previews his latest offering from the release, the hallucinatory ‘Big Smoke’.
Corby will kick off the tour at the Forum in Melbourne on May 22 and take to Fortitude Music Hall in Brisbane, Enmore Theatre in Sydney and finish up at Hindley Street Music Hall in Adelaide on June 3.
Matt Corby Everything’s Fine Tour
Mon 22 May – The Forum – Naarm / Melbourne, VIC
Fri 26 May – Fortitude Music Hall – Meanjin / Brisbane, QLD
Tue 30 May – Enmore Theatre – Eora / Sydney, NSW
Sat 3 June – Hindley Street Music Hall – tarntanya / Adelaide, SA
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The halfway point of Everything’s Fine, ‘Big Smoke’ moves as a deluge. Suffused by carefully struck synths and toms, breathless vocals melt away to gliding strings, gentle keys and overdrive pedal-led guitars. Channeling a similar lonerist, in-your-head impulse as Currents or Plastic Beach, where ‘Problems’ and ‘Reelin’’ focused on the moments or relationships that attempt to define our lives, ‘Big Smoke’ processes the self-sabotaging nature of the crutches leant on for support in the face of trying times.
His first record in five years, Everything’s Fine vividly captures the personal and creative growth of Matt Corby who, like many, was tipped belly-side up recently. Beyond the global touring pause, on the day he had planned to begin writing his next album Matt’s home was inundated with floodwaters. His family moved into Rainbow Valley Studios, where he juggled familial responsibilities with his creative pursuits – a one-of-a-kind pressure cooker circumstance that would galvanise his artistic evolution.
A reminder to let go of the moments that attempt to define our lives and relationships and move on, just as the sun continues to rise, the waves wash onto shores.
“I’m currently rebuilding a lot of my foundational stuff,” Matt shares. “Covid changed me a lot, slowed me down. I feel like I’ve become aware of a lot of the stuff I need to work on, and I’m happy to start – and I have been. All of that chaos helped me not be neurotic with this album process and get to the point where I accepted things. Like, I couldn’t sit and stew over how something sounded and potentially make it worse if I was needed elsewhere.”
Ruminating on love, domestic life, natural disaster, and more, Matt Corby reconfigured his creative instincts and returned to his longstanding creative collaborations in Alex Hendrickson, Chris Collins (Gang of Youths, Middle Kids, Skegss), and pop-writing savante Nat Dunn (Rita Ora, Charli XCX, Tkay Maidza), the result is Matt’s most innovative, sonically adventurous and resonant album yet. Feeding into his longstanding RNB influences, Everything’s Fine is a rousing story told through a polychromatic embrace of the vintage funk, hip hop, and playful soft rock we each grew up with, spooled into a new innovative, offbeat lens of Matt’s making.
Experience Everything’s Fine in full, live this May – June, supported by Rainbow Valley Records artists Great Gable and Bud Rokesky. Across the tour run, presented by triple j, $1 per ticket will be donated to One Tree Planted, the environmental charity that supports reforestation across the world. For every $3 USD donated a tree will be planted.
Fan pre-sale and Spotify Fans First this Friday 17 Feb at 9 AM AEDT. General on-sale on Tuesday 21 Feb at 9 AM AEDT. Tickets available at mattcorbymusic.com