[New Release] MATT COSTAMATT COSTA
“It’s time, time, time playing tricks on my mind,’’ Costa sings as he distills half a century of predecessors into a potent pop pastiche.
It helps that “Santa Rosa Fangs’’ is filled with fetching melodies. There are also hooks galore, from the choir of Costas singing on the piano-pounding title cut to the repetition of the protagonist’s name in “Sharon.’’ Even the tambourines are catchy.
Costa’s off-kilter touches ensure the songs don’t become too sugary. He drops a bar here and there on the aptly named “Time Tricks,’’ and uses a quintuple meter effectively on the dreamy “Real Love.’’
Best is “Ritchie,’’ a Shangri-La-style love tragedy times two and part of an album-long narrative about love, loss, time and distance. The plot’s thinner than Mick Jagger, but the tug of the past comes through with every note. AP