You’ve seen me and you don’t know my face.

Cuando me dijeron que Matt Corby era digno de ver en directo, pensé que seguramente no sería para tanto. Cuando me dijeron que tenía una voz espectacular, pensé que quizás se exageraba un poquito. Pero cuando coincidió mi viaje a Londres con un concierto que él ofrecía en The Social el 6 de octubre, pensé que no estaría de más comprobar todos esos dichos por mí misma.

Antes que Matt Corby, tocó Sam Beer, un artista licenciado venido a músico que está preparando su disco en solitario a la vez que sigue participando con el grupo Treetop Flyers. Superó una enfermedad que le dejó secuelas visuales, y eso no le impide desprender cierta magia cuando  interpreta sus canciones en solitario. Podéis escuchar alguno de sus temas en su perfil en myspace.

Después actuaron Monument Valley. Dos personas, dos instrumentos. Abrumador. Guitarra y violonchelo bastaron para dejar a la sala completamente encantada. En su myspace tienen dos temas. Para llevar poquito tiempo como formación, lo que hacen es realmente bonito.

Por último, el australiano Matt Corby ocupó su lugar junto con una mini-banda (tan sólo un bajista y un batería cómo acompañamiento a la guitarra del propio Matt). Puedo decir que no fue una exageración. Su voz tiene un algo muy especial, no sé si será por el tabaco o qué, pero es aterciopelada y cautivadora.  Me encontré pensando que Dios estaba cantando encima de ese escenario, porque su pelo largo, su voz, su sentimiento y la especial iluminación del local hicieron que el chico pareciera una aparición. Merece la pena pasarse por su myspace o su página web y comprobar lo que digo. Aunque también se puede ver el vídeo que hay al comienzo del post. Está a punto de publicar su tercer EP. Y el año que viene, su primer disco.

When I was told that Matt Corby was worth seeing playing live, I thought that maybe he wasn’t that good. When I was told that he had a spectacular voice, I thought that maybe they were exaggerating a little. But when my trip to London coincided with a show he was playing at The Social on October 6, I thought that I could check everything I had been told for myself.

Before Matt Corby, played a guy named Sam Beer, a graduated artist turned into a musician who is working on his solo album at the same time he’s working with the band Treetop Flyers. He overcame an illness that left some after-effects in his sight, but that doesn’t stop him from give off some kind of magic when he sings his songs. You can listen to some of his tracks in his myspace profile.

Right after him, it was Monument Valley‘s turn. Two people, two instruments. Overwhelming. Guitar and cello were enough to leave the whole place completely enchanted. There are two songs in their myspace. I think they are pretty much new as a band, but what they do is really beautiful.

Finally, the Australian Matt Corby took his place on stage with a mini-band (just a bass player and a drummer to go with Matt’s own guitar). I can say that nothing my friends told me was an exaggeration. His voice has something really special, I don’t know if it’s because of the cigarettes or why, but it ¡s velvety and captivating. I found myself thinking that God was singing on that stage, because his long hair, his voice, his sentiment and that special illumination of the pub made the guy seemed like an apparition. It’s worth a visit to his myspace or his webpage and check what I’m saying. Although you can see the video at the beginning of this post, too. He’s about to publish his third EP. And his first album next year.

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