So-Cal songwriter Matt Costa will release a new four track EP Sacred Hills on November 6 as a precursor to his upcoming self-titled fourth album on February 12. Sacred Hills will feature the tracks “Good Times” and “Loving You” from the forthcoming Matt Costa longplayer as well the songs “Never Change” and “Sacred Hills”, which will not appear on the album.
From the Press Release: Matt Costa is a 10-song collection of new songs recorded in Scotland with long-time Belle & Sebastian/Mogwai collaborator Tony Doogan, as well as Stevie Jackson, Chris Geddes and Bobby Kildea from the group. 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.
Costa initially set out to make an album of folk/roots-inspired songs, but when he arrived in Glasgow, something else naturally transpired and changed the direction of the recording. 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”).