10 Songs, 33 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

When California singer/songwriter Matt Costa decided he needed a change of musical scenery, he embraced the idea geographically as well, journeying to Scotland to cut a record in Glasgow with Belle & Sebastian producer Tony Doogan, backed by members of B&S and other esteemed Scots. It should come as no great surprise that the album has more than a bit of a Belle & Sebastian flavor, with a rich melodic blend of folk-rock and orchestrated pop that alternates between bold production numbers (“Shotgun”) and soft, subtle, acoustic-oriented tracks (“Eyes for You”). The gentle-voiced Costa has a dash of Scottish troubadour Donovan in his delivery, so he fits in naturally with the Glasgow gang. They also get down to a bit of rocking, with the wry, horn-bedecked stomp-along “Good Times” and the insistently pounding paean to romance “Loving You” lending a touch of T. Rex to the proceedings. It all shows that Costa and company have plenty of tricks up their collective sleeve.

EDITORS’ NOTES

When California singer/songwriter Matt Costa decided he needed a change of musical scenery, he embraced the idea geographically as well, journeying to Scotland to cut a record in Glasgow with Belle & Sebastian producer Tony Doogan, backed by members of B&S and other esteemed Scots. It should come as no great surprise that the album has more than a bit of a Belle & Sebastian flavor, with a rich melodic blend of folk-rock and orchestrated pop that alternates between bold production numbers (“Shotgun”) and soft, subtle, acoustic-oriented tracks (“Eyes for You”). The gentle-voiced Costa has a dash of Scottish troubadour Donovan in his delivery, so he fits in naturally with the Glasgow gang. They also get down to a bit of rocking, with the wry, horn-bedecked stomp-along “Good Times” and the insistently pounding paean to romance “Loving You” lending a touch of T. Rex to the proceedings. It all shows that Costa and company have plenty of tricks up their collective sleeve.

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