"A one man guitar orchestra" Acoustic Magazine UK
"He stunned the entire room with his effortless display of virtuoso musicianship" Prog
Matt Stevens is a critically acclaimed solo artist from North London, also known for his work with The Fierce And The Dead. An instrumental artist, he uses an acoustic guitar and a loop pedal. He recently signed to Esoteric/Cherry Red records for the release of the album Lucid which features members of King Crimson, Knifeworld, Chrome Hoof and Frost*. He was nominated for a Breakthrough Artist Prog award in 2014 and is touring Europe as support to Tim Bowness.
NEW ALBUM "LUCID" OUT NOW!
The new album Lucid is out and is available to order from Burning Shed:
Or Cherry Red:
Amazon and local retailers. Itunes download:
And other digital retailers.
"Lucid sees Matt Stevens joined by a host of guest musicians including Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson), Lorenzo Feliciati (Naked Truth), Charlie Cawood (Knifeworld), Jem Godfrey (Frost*) and vibes player Jon Hart.
A step beyond Matt's previous work, Lucid is an album that reflects a love of Jesu and Celtic Frost, as much as it does a passion for Mahavishnu Orchestra and King Crimson."
Art is by Carl Glover (Steve Wilson/King Crimson etc)
Sid Smith (writer for Prog, Classic Rock, BBCMusic, Record Collector, Mojo etc) has review the album here:
"Stevens is blessed with an innate melodicism which finds its way to the surface no matter how convoluted or occluded the settings and arrangements may be. It's a talent that lends his music an accessibility others would give their right hand for. That he does so without compromising any of his adventurous inclinations is no mean feat.
With the exception of The Bridge, an eleven-minute multi-layered suite, things are usually brief and to the point. Packing more into three minutes that some manage across an entire album, this brevity serves him well and adding both variety and piquancy to the fare. Unafraid to bulldoze and assail the listener, as much about texture as it is smart, pithy compositions, he revels in distorted roars amidst pitted, overdriven surroundings.
Throughout Lucid he explores what appears to be an obsessive relationship with the instrument. Sometimes fraught, complicated, open-ended, thorny, and frequently ecstatic, his solos seem to occur only after an arduous scrabble to the very top of a difficult terrain. Once there, he closes his eyes and takes the leap. Bolstered by an array of guests including Pat Mastelotto and striking violin from Chrissie Caulfield, Stevens' risk-taking pays off. "
Matt Stevens is a guitarist and composer from North London signed to to Esoteric Recordings. Best known for playing solo acoustic guitar concerts with a loop pedal and being a member of acclaimed instrumental rock band The Fierce And The Dead. He writes a column for Acoustic Magazine and uses Auden Guitars and Elixir Strings.
Fierce And The Dead
I also play guitar in the instrumental band Fierce And The Dead. We have a new video, you can watch it here:
You can download an interview from 2012 with Guitar Player US magazine here.