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Born in Huntington Beach, CA, in 1982, Matt Costa received his first guitar at age 12. While he was always interested in music, even playing in a band in high school, Costa's first love was skateboarding. His dreams of going pro came crashing to an end, however, when he seriously injured his leg in a skateboarding accident at 18. During his year-and-a-half-long rehabilitation period, Costa decided to refocus his energy on songwriting and guitar playing, and began using a four-track to make demos. One of these demos found its way to No Doubt guitarist Tom Dumont, who liked what he heard so much that he offered to produce Costa's music, and soon they had recorded two independently released EPs, Matt Costa and The Elasmosaurus, as well as a full-length early version of Songs We Sing. These caught the ear of Brush Fire Records owner Jack Johnson, who was impressed by the young musician's work and signed Costa to his label and invited him to open his 2005 summer tour.
Matt Costa, the self-titled fourth album from the acclaimed, eclectic singer/songwriter is set for a February 12 release via Brushfire Records. Matt Costa is a 10-song collection of new songs recorded in Scotland with long-time Belle & Sebastian/Mogwai collaborator Tony Doogan. On the new release, Costa thoughtfully mines elements of the past, while exploring new territory. His penchant for melodic exploration is on full display throughout the new offering. The songs, sounds, lyrics and overall vibe of the album have elevated Costa to a new artistic plane.
Matt Costa initially set out to make an album of folk/roots-inspired songs, but when he arrived in Glasgow, something else transpired and changed the direction of the recording. Perhaps it was the magic of Scotland, the studio (Castle of Doom), Doogan or the incredible musicians he collaborated with, which include Belle & Sebastian’s Stevie Jackson, Chris Geddes and Bobby Kildea. Whatever it was, it is evident that Costa has made a real statement with his strongest work to date.
Costa blends expansive horn and string arrangements with ethereal harmonies and his warm vocals. The songs on Matt Costa run the gamut from lush, elaborate arrangements (“Golden Cathedrals”) to nostalgic British pop (“Early November”) to dreamy folk (“Ophelia”) to enchanting ballads (“Eyes For You”).
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