by Kate Suters in New Music on Tuesday 11 March 2008

Inspiration can come from strange places. Singer-songwriter (and former pro-skateboarder) Matt Costa credits staring at his green wall for his second album, Unfamiliar Faces. The method to his madness involved placing his most treasured items on the wall’s shelves — and staring at them until the memories and inspiration flowed. Goodness knows how long he stared because this album is dynamite: a wonderfully balanced combination of happy pop and laidback melancholy, which is hardly surprising really when you consider he counts G Love and Jack Johnson as friends. [read also about Sydney-based singer-songwriter Lior]