The Australian singer-songwriter Matt Corby hadn't released any music in almost two years following the successes of his EPs Into the Flame
(2011) and Resolution
(2013). Corby explained in his Songfacts interview
why he threw away his original attempt at his debut record. "I heard all the stuff that I didn't like about myself in it," he said. "I realized that I didn't want that to be the representation of anything out in the world, because music has power. If you believe it or not, I don't know, but people's lives can be changed by it."
Corby ended up locking himself away in isolation for two months in a cottage in NSW Australia to record what would become his first album, Telluric
. He revealed in a newsletter to his fans why he spent such a lengthy amount of time creating new music. "It took me this long to get to a point where I was happy with my standard of musicianship, so I could write and play most, if not all the music myself," he wrote. "Enough time has also passed now for me to clear my head of everything that I've done before, reboot, and have the balls to do it again."
"Monday" was the first song released from Telluric
in late 2015, but was actually one of the last ones written for the album. It came to fruition in just 10 minutes during the process of Corby trying to figure out how to record vocal loops alone. He would play the vocal loops back so he could write in that moment while still producing harmonies with just his voice.