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Matt Costa by Matt Costa
Released: Feb 2013
Label: Brushfire Records/Universal Records
Matt Costa might release his music on Jack Johnson's Brushfire label, but the singer-songwriter's throwback sound has little to do with surfer folk. Rather, he's a jack-of-all-trades tunesmith weaned on British Invasion nuggets and '70s AM radio. On the punchy "Shotgun," he pulls off a Marc Bolan-like chirp smothered in swirling harmonies, strings and vintage organ (all of which echo the orgiastic pop-nostalgia of the criminally underrated Jellyfish). Costa sounds even more British on "Clipped Wings" and "Laura Lee," both of which wouldn't sound out of place on Donovan's Open Road.
Justin Farrar
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