Filmed at Montana’s iconic Sip N Dip Lounge, a tiki-and-mermaid themed bar at the O’Haire Motor Inn that dates back to the early 1960s, the video features otherworldly mermaids swimming and luring patrons to the bar’s aquarium windows. Costa notes that his “close friend and veteran photographer Pamela Littky directed the video and was able to bring the vision to life with a gilded suit and signature blue Hawaiians.”
Costa is set to tour North America in support of the new record throughout the spring and summer, including a hometown record release show at Los Angeles’ Troubadour on June 5and a slew of newly announced west coast dates. See below for a list of performances; additional tour dates to be announced shortly. Tickets are available for purchase athttp://mattcosta.com/tour.
Costa recently premiered the album’s first single “I Remember It Well” via Billboard; stream/share the track and read Costa’s interview with Billboard at http://bit.ly/2CUJyIW.
Produced by Peter Matthew Bauer (The Walkmen) and Nick Stumpf (French Kicks), the songs on Santa Rosa Fangs center around a fictional young woman named Sharon, her two brothers Ritchie and Tony, and their story of love, loss and coming of age in California, replete with long distance love affairs and nostalgic romances. Rather than setting out to create a specific narrative, Costa began noticing a theme in the new songs as he wrote them: an unconscious embodiment of the surroundings in which he himself had grown up.
“I’ve interwoven my own stories into a fictional idea of what Santa Rosa Fangs is, from my own time spent living in Northern and Southern California and years driving up and down the coast, seeing the landscape and where life can pull you within one state,” Costa explains. “It’s the characters’ story and my story, too, contemporary but still tortured by the past. It’s a window into a time period but spoken as if it’s the present. The beauty of love and loss doesn’t have a date on it; it’s timeless.”
Santa Rosa Fangs follows Costa’s 2013 self-titled effort, which was hailed by MTV News as “a full-blown orchestral-pop affair, with strings and horns urging the songs to grand heights and dramatic dynamic shifts,” while American Songwriter included it in their Top 50 Albums of 2013, noting that “everything is meticulously arranged, often with strings, horns and layered backing singing. They effortlessly capture a sweet, innocent, truly captivating folk pop whimsy that never seems forced, pretentious or outdated, even with its obvious reverence for an earlier time.”