Matt Costa Announces New Soul & Sixties AM Radio-Inspired LP, ‘Yellow Coat’

Dangerbird Records and acclaimed California singer-songwriter Matt Costa are proud to announce theFriday, September 11 release of his brand new full-length album, Yellow Coat (pre-order/pre-save). Produced by Alex Newport, Yellow Coat is a masterpiece of heartbreak, equal parts lost Sixties AM radio hits, folk-pop beauty and dark night of the soul music. Taking inspiration from Van Gogh’s Dear Theo along with John Steinbeck’s A Life in Letters, and stamped with the honesty and intimacy of something not meant to be heard, Yellow Coat is the product of Costa penning letters to himself about the end of a relationship that had lasted almost a decade.

Avenal,” the album’s elegant opening track, was conceived and written on a going-nowhere trip a few hundred miles northeast of LA, and is a gently swinging tune written from a “searching” place in which Costa was both running away from something and trying to find himself at the same time. Watch the charming, animated stop motion music video for “Avenal” created by Costa in his home with the help of multimedia artist Minh Pham below..

As his second LP for Dangerbird Records and the follow-up to his well-received concept record Santa Rosa Fangs – an album that revealed similar storytelling qualities present in the work of other likeminded American songwriters such as Kurt Vile and Damien Jurado – the forthcoming Yellow Coat channels raw emotion into a 12-track collection of hooky love songs, most of them awash in strings, Mellotron, harmonies and groove.

At the time that Costa started writing, he had stripped things down considerably, not only emotionally but in terms of his surroundings. He had moved into a Laguna Beach studio apartment with just the bare minimum of furniture and instruments. Instead of a bedside table, a Wurlitzer Sideman drum machine stands.

After connecting with notable producer Alex Newport (Death Cab for Cutie, At the Drive-In), the songs of Yellow Coat took shape with Costa enlisting the help of touring musicians and friends from afar. From the insinuating acoustic riffs and lo-fi beats of the album’s lead single “Avenal” and the snappy fatalism of “Slow” to the almost church-like fragility of “Last Love Song,” Yellow Coat is brimming with bittersweet narratives of love’s power to both soothe and devastate. For instance, when Costa first wrote what became “Last Love Song,” it had a different title and was meant to be an anniversary gift. A true testament to the concept that songs evolve and can change meaning over time, the track turned into a break-up song—its sadness as palpable as the sound of Costa’s fingers on his guitar strings.

Life does go on, however. The album ends with the last song Costa wrote for it, “So I Say Goodbye,” which provides a sense of closure, its piano-driven tunefulness feeling both uplifting and melancholic. And while Yellow Coat may have started as an album about heartbreak, its sense of sadness, continued hope and perseverance also feels completely universal right now. “My songs have always been something that transcends a feeling into something that is healing,” Costa says. “I hope listeners and fans find these songs as personal and honest as they are to me.”

Photo credit: Minh Pham

Yellow Coat track listing:



Make That Change

Let Love Heal

Last Love Song

Jet Black Lake


Broken Eros (Interlude)

Yellow Coat

Sky Full Of Tears

When The Avalanche Comes

So I Say Goodbye

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