Brooklyn Vegan has debuted Matt Costa’s “Call My Name,” on their website. The single is from his upcoming soundtrack featured in the film Orange Sunshine, which is a documentary about “a church formed in the early ’60s by a group of surfers/hippies in Orange County who wanted to change the world with psychedelic drugs and became the largest manufacturers of LSD in the United States.” The soundtrack will be released 11/11 on Varese Sarabande.
Like certain other Southern California songwriters before him, Matt Costa has drifted through a strange and varied life in music, pushed toward pop music at a young age and making a freewheeling debut. However, in the last few years, Costa took some time to take stock in his body of work, and made unexpected turns into more progressive and thoughtful territories. This new direction has found him wandering; an outlier between the worlds of his own development as an artist, modern Orange County and his former label Brushfire Records; while cutting through the center of a now hidden and older California mystique.
The last years have been eventful ones, and Costa had the opportunity to meet a group of filmmakers who were hard at work on the documentary, Orange Sunshine. This film follows the story of the Brotherhood of Eternal love; a coastal church centered on psychedelics who eventually became the largest manufacturers and distributors of LSD in the United States. Matt was commissioned to compose the entire score, and in doing so, he has begun to reveal the underlying myths and break down the secrets of his hometown. The music stands on its own and this year saw the release of the film, to rave reviews, at its premiere at SXSW. The film was also screened at Festivals in Sedona, Maui, San Francisco, and in October heads to the illustrious British Film Institute in London as well.
Prolific at every turn, Matt has taken on the aura of a classic California drifter; complete with a range of writing which invokes a Kinksian sensibility, early rock & roll- Eric Burdon and the Animals, Van Morrison’s Them, and then incorporates the guitar playing and arrangements of Brian Jones.
Autumn 2016 will welcome the release of the “Orange Sunshine Film Soundtrack” on Varèse Sarabande Records, complete with a unique companion tour combining screenings of the film with a special performance by Matt Costa and his band. Orange Sunshine’s music hints at a songwriter cutting through to something greater and stranger; an artist arriving at a new incarnation. Costa says (of the project),
The end picture is yet to be discovered.
Don’t miss your opportunity to listen to the lead single from the soundtrack and catch the trailer for the film. The links are attached below. If you like what you hear and see, then make sure to check the dates for the special performances by Matt and his band along with a screening of the film.
Matt Costa – Orange Sunshine 2016 Tour Dates
15 November – Masonic Lodge @ the Hollywood Forever Cemetery – Los Angeles, CA
17 November – Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
20 November – El Corazon – Seattle, WA
21 November – The Alberta Rose – Portland, OR
22 November Harlow’s – Sacramento, CA
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