Sunday, September 25, 2011

Sneak Preview: Matt Stevens - Relic

Matt Stevens releases his third album Relic on the 26th September, the follow up to the critically acclaimed Ghost. It was produced by Kevin Feazey (Lydia Lunch/Polar Bear). It features guitar instrumentals with additional drums, bass, strings, glockenspiel and Mellotron. Guest musicians include Stuart Marshall (Fierce And The Dead) on drums and Chrissie Caulfield on Violin (Crippled Black Pheonix/Catscans).

The release of the album will be followed by live performances across the UK and beyond. Relic is released on Matt's own label Spencer Park Music. Many of the songs were written during a period when Matt seriously injured his back and was confined to the floor of his home.

Matt Stevens is an instrumental guitarist from North London. He has created a following online using Facebook, Twitter, Torrents, Forums and a network of enthusiastic Bloggers and Podcasters and viewers on Ustream for streaming online gigs. He has often asked his followers to copy and torrent his music to allow the audience to grow through word of mouth. His music has been described as prog/soundtrack/folk/minimal instrumental post-rock and compared to Radiohead, John Fahey, Robert Fripp, Wilco, Sigur Ros, John Martyn and Tom Verlaine, amongst others. The song titles often relate to where he grew up in rural Northamptonshire, moving to London or 80's computer programs.

He often plays solo acoustic concerts armed only with a guitar and a loop pedal. He has played live all over the UK including support slots at Islington Academy, The Great Escape in Brighton, Supernormal Festival and festivals in Liverpool and Blackpool. He also plays guitar in critically acclaimed post-rock band The Fierce and The Dead who released their debut this year. Recent positive press includes Acoustic Magazine UK, R2, Classic Rock Presents Prog, Alarm Press and Guitar Player Magazine US.

Buy the album: Matt Stevens - Relic - Out 26th Sept on Download/CD via or