Trick of the Light

Album: Live On the Resolution Tour (2010)

Songfacts®:

  • "Trick of the Light" is the last song on Matt Corby's Live On the Resolution Tour EP. The version featured on the EP was recorded on October 30, 2013 at a show at the Opera House in Wellington, New Zealand.
  • In our interview with Corby, he revealed that he has recorded three studio versions of the tune and that he initially wanted to release one on his debut record, Telluric. "People actually fully talked me out of it - there was so much going on at the time and we had so many songs to figure out what to do with," he said. "It was just right on the line of not making the cut, but I need to release it. I need to release the studio version because the live version is not right. It's way too fast. It's rocky."

    "The song was never meant to be rocky," he continued. "It was meant to be this sizzle-y little thing that had heaps of groove but was understated. It's hard to communicate that live. We get excited and then the song just becomes this whole other animal."
  • Corby told us the meaning of the lyrics. "It's one of those songs where your expectations are never in line with what's going on," he said. "You can think the world of something and you can sacrifice all you want for it, whatever 'it' is, and it can just be something that completely f--ks you up and does nothing. It's just a misadventure. It's a 'trick of the light,' so that's where it came from."
  • Corby wrote the track with Canadian singer, songwriter, and producer, Mocky.

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