Friday, February 03, 2006

The ones to watch...Matt Costa

'You've found new friends and tied all the ends, it's freezing in the loneliest winter'

Nope, he's no relative of Antony's, thankfully. Well, as far as I know - just don't take my word on it!

Instead, Matt Costa is proof that a male singer-songwriter with an acoustic guitar doesn't have to come out with something resembling 'You're Beautiful'. Goodness knows we really need his summery, strumalong songs with the weather we're having at the moment.

Anyway, he likes Scottish indiepopsters Belle & Sebastian, his look in this promo photo is v. Dave Gorman and he has some free mp3 downloads and streams on his official website. I like him already. My favourite song up for sampling is 'Cold December' - an upbeat folky number with plenty of percussion. It might currently be more of a Freezing February than a Cold December but that's not to say the song's sentiment means any the less.

His album comes out later this month. On the 20th February, to be exact, and you can pre-order it on Amazon.

He's also due to open for Jack Johnson on his upcoming UK arena tour. Dates are here.