I hate to admit this, as it makes me rather ashamed of myself, but it has been so long since I have heard anything new from Matt Costa or seen him live that I had almost filed him away in the back of my brain. All I have to say is, I am everso glad he is back in my life. His new record, Mobile Chateau, is both a reminder of why I have always loved his music, as a lot of it sounds similar to his old stuff (in a good way), and a refreshing presentation of his somewhat newly-invented sound. I am impressed with the fact that he’s moved beyond being a mere singer-songwriter and now is dipping a toe into several other genres, not that I’m not a fan of the fantastic singer-songwritery sound of old songs like “Yellow Taxi”, “Emergency Call” and “Cold December”. The delightfully bluesy feel of “The Season” kind of reminds me of a male version of some of Zooey Deschanel’s vocals in She & Him music, whereas I get a Beach Boys-meets-The Shins vibe from the song “Witchcraft”… so really, this album is bringing quite the variety to the table. A lot of it is much darker than his older stuff, however I really admire the increased complexity in his guitar playing and think he has grown quite a bit as an artist. Do yo thang, Matt Costa. I will always be a fan. So far I recommend “Can You Tell Me”, “Witchcraft”, and of course “Mobile Chateau” the most, but a cover-to-cover listen is, in my opinion, a must for this fast-approaching autumn season. Perfect timing.