London composer Matt Stevens explores the depths of guitar playing, building his layered instrumentals with loops, drums and samplers. When you work like that, changes are that you add just a bit too much, losing focus and clarity in the process. Not so on his debut album Echo, a collection of well-balanced, adventurous tracks.
Stevens is like a kid in a musical candy store, grabbing things from the jazz, rock, folk and flamenco shelves. With a drum sound that is dry as a sweltering day in the Sahara, and caressing guitar licks, Echo comes crawling out of the speakers like a contented cat who raided the fridge. Recommended if you like Kaki King, Robert Fripp and Steve Hackett.
- Burning Bandstands
- Drama In The Coals
- Flies In The Basement
- Snow Part 3
- Chasing The Sun
- Spencer Park
- West Green
- Dolls House
- 05/21 Uttoxeter, UK @ Acoustic Festival of Great Britain
- 07/14 10 London, UK @ Strongroom
(free show - Spratton Folk Festival warm up)
- 07/16 Northampton, UK @ Spratton Folk Festival