For those of us that grew up on the sounds
of acoustic legends like James Taylor and Jim Croce, the name Matt Costa is one that will eventually become a familiar one.
Creating a hybrid between acoustic rock, folk and Indy rock, Costa’s musical talents are engulfed in unbridled passion
and vigor, channeled through lyrics of love, life and loss.
His new album, “The Songs We Sing,”
which was released this year on Jack Johnson’s Brush Fire Label, is a modern day masterpiece that is as charming as
it is catchy. Consisting of 13 tracks, “The Songs We Sing” brings Costa’s talent to the forefront, showcasing
his down to earth and comfortable voice [imagine a cross between a less pop-oriented Howie Day with the charisma of Steve
Miller] and some of the best acoustic licks any fan of the genre could ask for, creating one of the best albums of the year.
Fans of Jack Johnson’s music will feel right at home with Costa, while fans of soft-rock and folk may need to listen
a little more before they’re hooked; but nevertheless will be in time.
If Costa’s imaginative lyrics, soulful
acoustic sound and passion drenched voice isn’t enough, he’s also pretty versatile. The song “Behind the
Moon” sounds like something you’d hear on a 30-year old Bob Dylan album and “Whisky and Wine” has
an almost Jazz/Big Band feel to it. However, despite his ability to give his music a multi-layered flavor at times, Costa
is at his best during songs like “Sweet Rose” “Cold December” and “Sunshine,” where he
utilizes his voice and guitar ability more than ever before, creating modern rock textures and themes that are sure to be
implemented by dozens of others in the near future.
Overall, “The Songs We Sing”
is a multifaceted enigma of modern-day music that has something for everyone. A tribute to the great song scribes of the past,
yet a thought-provoking and awe-inspiring initial release for a great new artist, it is a worthy addition to anyone’s
musical library and is a great change of pace for those who are sick of the watered down commercial rock that is flooding
the market nowadays.