Matt Costa ( Universal)
CALIFORNIAN Matt Costa is signed to Jack Johnson’s label Brushfire Records, but his visions stretch way beyond busker folk – although he’s a dab hand with an acoustic guitar when needed. His self- titled fourth album continues his love affair with ’ 60s and ’ 70s AM radio pop. He’s all Bacharacy on Early November, the bouncy Loving You is country harmonies over bar- room piano, Good Times is John Lennon with a horn section and Shotgun shows Costa’s been listening to ELO, which is never a bad thing. He gets a bit folky and morose on the Nick Drake- y Laura Lee but closes with the gorgeous, epic- sounding Golden Cathedrals.