Rainbow Valley is the secluded five-acre property Matt Corby calls home.
Set in northern New South Wales, somewhere near Byron Bay, it has been a refuge for the musician for the past few years since he purchased the compound.
It is where Corby recorded much of his latest album, which was named in tribute to his coastal sanctuary.
Everything you hear on the record is the 28-year-old. He played every instrument, layered every vocal, and produced it largely in solitude. But now Corby is at once leaving Rainbow Valley, and taking it with him, as he embarks on a national album tour.
It will be the multi-ARIA Award winner’s first major run of shows in more than two years and includes a date at Kings Park on April 27.
Of course, Corby has had to call in some friends to help him with the live setting — no longer can he have full control of what the audience hears.
But he says joining forces with other musicians has been a positive experience.
“The band is sounding great; we have put in a fair bit of work with our rehearsals, so we are coming into the tour really well prepared,” Corby says.
“It’s been relatively smooth, actually. I sent the record to the guys and gals in the band about two or three months before it came out, just flagging what we would have to learn. Then we all got together in a room and had discussions about tones and parts and dynamics. Everyone nutted it out really well. I have so much respect for them for their close attention to detail.”
In fact, Corby confesses he was happy to relinquish some of his responsibility.
“It feels good to sit back as an arranger and see it all come together,” he says.
“It’s a nice angle for me to come at it with, because I do know what every instrument should sound like.”
There’s an important reason Corby has been off the road for a while.
He and his partner welcomed a son, Hugh, early last year and he has been enjoying family life at Rainbow Valley.
Speaking by phone from his property days before going on the road, Corby jokes that it didn’t exactly feel like the calm before the storm.
“Being at home with a one-year-old is probably more of a storm than a tour, in the best way possible,” he laughs.
“He is at a really funny stage where he is getting to know what he wants, and it’s just hilarious.”
Corby has made sure to schedule the shows in such a way that he never has to leave his son for too many days at a time.
“I am planning on flying back home in between,” he says. “When I go away, it is hard, because he learns new words and does funny stuff. He changes every day. I have tried to keep the tour short so it doesn’t have too much of an impact on me or him, and other people in the band have kids, too. Coming home adds a whole new intensity when you have a child. It’s pure excitement.”
Meanwhile, fans are anticipating the Rainbow Valley Tour with bated breath.
The record, Corby’s second, hit No.4 on the ARIA albums chart and has given rise to Triple J favourites No Ordinary Life, All That I See and All Fired Up.
But the singer admits he isn’t one to listen to the buzz around his work.
“I am so disconnected, to be honest,” he says. “The only feedback I get is from people here locally, when I am going down to the beach or something. I have never had a nicer response from my friends, and that’s great for me.”
Considering his preference for seclusion, it’s no surprise Corby is a fan of WA. He hasn’t played a show here for a couple of years, but sometimes finds excuses to return away from the stage.
“WA is always a bit of an unknown for me,” Corby says.
“It’s so vast. I was in Margaret River a few months ago for a friend’s wedding and it’s so incredible down there — it’s like another world. WA feels so mysterious to me. And I think for that reason, there is so much interesting music coming from Perth. There seems to be more space to be an artist. I don’t know, it’s just a cool place.”