MATT COSTA is of that stripe of really gifted songwriters, like Liam Hayes (aka Plush), Andy Shauf, Patrick Watson, Eric Matthews, who quietly whittle away at some very classic songcraft and seduce those who come into their particular clearing in the songwriting forest.
He’s following up 2018’s semi-conceptual set Santa Rosa Fangs – an album which drew favourable comparisons to fellow travellers like Damien Jurado – with his latest, Yellow Coat, slated for a September 11th release date.
And he’s leading with the lovely songwriting classicism of “Slow” – watch the video below. It’s got this massive heart, with its roots in doowop and the very cream of 60s’ pop drama. It’s music to slow-click your fingers to, leant against a jukebox, an eyebrow arched, looking at your intended.
It’s deeply yearning and a little burned of heart, as Matt says: “I’ve heard it’s not what happens in dreams but how you feel about them. Some you don’t want to let go and you hope the light of day comes slow.”
The true heart-wrench lies in the song’s autobiographical roots: the collected ten songs of Yellow Coat are the product of Costa penning letters to himself about the end of a relationship that had lasted almost a decade.
The album, it is promised, contains “hooky love songs, most of them awash in strings, Mellotron, harmonies and groove.”
“My songs have always been something that transcends a feeling into something that is healing. I hope listeners and fans find these songs as personal and honest as they are to me.” Matt concludes.
Matt Costa’s Yellow Coat will be released by Dangerbird Records on digital, CD and vinyl formats on September 11th. Get your order in now here.