Pissing Sunshine & Rainbows

By Ameera Najwa Mills

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While casually strolling into a local bar back home, I was forced to stop and listen to what was playing. “The sound of an angel pissing liquid made of sunshine and rainbows.” I whispered to myself, who was this man? Why have I never heard of him before? Please God, don’t let me become a groupie, and again… Who was this man? And so, my quest began…

Matt Corby was his name, an up-and-coming Australian singer-songwriter making heads sway with his blues-y , folklore-like sounding jams. First making headlines as Australia’s 2007 Idol’s runner-up ”a shocking and unimaginable thought when witnessing his style and in the least, folk swag” I can only thank him for keeping low for a few years after; to stay steady and steer away from the ‘pop Idol’ image. Then cleansing his inner and outer-ness only to stay that much more true to himself.

After releasing a few small folklore songs here and there, which won me over in my first encounter, he soon found another niche, his niche. With his song release of the very successful ‘Brother’, a different side was shown, almost better (if that was at all possible), he turned to indie/rock.  And, slowly, tears of joy began.

He has a range which, with ease, drops from high falsettos to deep controlled, yet beautiful, grumbles. One can imagine, no-one can possibly be this talented. He must be unattractive, it’s only fair. But no, no, no, he is quite the opposite. This 21 year- old, despite being dashingly handsome, has an ear for sound and music. Watching and listening to him is absolutely captivating and in many ways, moving.

There is more. Shocking, I know. He is also caring and sincere, giving intimate ‘secret garden’ performances to close up the distance that separates him from his audience. Let’s not forget, despite his impact internationally, Corby remains recognised at home, named the ‘Next Big Thing’ and winning ‘Song of the Year’ for “Brother” at the FBi Radio’s annual SMAC Awards in, Sydney In January of 2012.

This ridiculously talented Australian, with his rugged style and the guitar permanently strapped across his chest, has always stayed true to his heart, despite his success. With almost 120,934 likes 8,699 talking about him on Facebook (yes, I am one of those),  one can only find his humility, among other things, admirable.

 

 

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