Matt Costa, the self-titled fourth album from the acclaimed, eclectic singer/songwriter is set for a February 18 release.
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”).
On November 6, the four-song Sacred Hills EP was released as a precursor to the new album. Sacred Hills will feature the tracks “Good Times” and “Loving You” from Matt Costa as well the songs “Never Change” and “Sacred Hills”, which will appear on the deluxe version of the album.