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Matt Stevens


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3.45 | 13 ratings

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3 stars This is the third studio album by talented UK guitar player Matt Stevens, whose music I fortunately discovered in early 2011. For this latest release entitled "Relic", Stevens was helped by three of his friends, playing bass, drums and violin. The album features ten compositions and a total time of 42 minutes. It opens with "Nightbus", a cool song which is progressing little by little, adding new elements while the seconds pass. The guitar work is great, but perfectly complemented by the other instruments.

"Relic" has a nice combination of acoustic and electric guitar. Though the music might not be the perfect example of progressive rock, here we find a cool mixture of rock, with some jazz hints, and with an inherent post-rock feeling. This composition is excellent, several nuances can be appreciated here, and the emotional touch is also good. "Rusty" has an orientation to the acoustic guitar, creating a sound close to flamenco, without being flamenco, actually.

"20 GOTO 10" is a very good track. Here the electronic element is crucial because it does not disappear during its whole length. I like the different changes in mood and tempo, and how it is progressing until reaching a climax in both, the musical and the emotional side. With "Rushden Fair" comes a totally different track, purely acoustic, with the delicate sound that Stevens implements. "Up" gathers a vast amount of elements, several textures and nuances can be appreciated here. The sound goes from indie to rock, with some soft folkish moments.

"Spacegoat" has again that post-rock feeling with some spacey hints. It keeps like this for two minutes, then it slows down and add a beautiful violin sound that makes the music more emotional. "Sand (part 2)" starts really slow with acoustic guitar and a soft synth background, it continues like this for more than two minutes, until then the electronic drums appear. Then it keeps progressing and adding some odd noises.

"Frost" is the shortest song but ironically it is the most explosive, the only one that really contrasts because it has a powerful start that sounds like a metal track. But well, it only lasts for some 30 seconds and then it slows down and changes completely, but guess what, the explosion returns. The album finishes with "30 END" that in the other hand, is the longest track. It has a good melody, nice use of both acoustic and electric guitar, sometimes complemented by a synth background, sometimes just alone.

Well, this is a very good album by Matt Stevens that once again shows his talent as composer and performer, and though it is not my favorite of him, I liked it. My final grade will be three stars.

Enjoy it!

memowakeman | 3/5 |


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