"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 guitarist and composer from North London, also known for his work with The Fierce And The Dead. An instrumental artist, live he uses an acoustic guitar and a loop pedal and has played across the UK. He recently signed to Esoteric/Cherry Red records for the release of the album Lucid which featured members of King Crimson, Knifeworld, Chrome Hoof and Frost*. It stayed in the Prog magazine chart for 3 months peaking at 8.
He was nominated for a Breakthrough Artist Prog award in 2014. Lucid was a Guitar Player Magazine Editor's Album Of The Month.
"The award winning guitarist delivers 11 pulsating instrumentals....thrilling, challenging work."
"This is no shrinking violet of a record...and an endearing vulnerability sets this virtuoso apart."
Classic Rock magazine 8/10
"Big, ambitious and a definite step up"
"Hopefully fans of Stevens previous work will laud Lucid for the artistic boldness it represents"
"Matt Stevens is one of the most fully engaged, artistically courageous recording artists currently active, and this album is his most ambitiously conceived, rigorously realised, and emotionally powerful release to date."
"With Lucid, Matt has shown he has 20/20 vision where his personal musical journey is concerned. In a world where the majority of bands and performers are far too easily inclined to take the safe route, it is refreshing to know that there are true artists around like Matt Stevens who will, one hopes, never be satisfied with what they have achieved and who will always be striving to explore the boundless worlds of musical possibility."
"There are plenty of instrumental guitar based albums released each year that are all flash and no substance, but Lucid certainly isn't one of them. Matt Stevens is a talent you should definitely check out if you haven't already. Often instrumental rock can be lacking but with Lucid this is clearly not the case. Stevens has made an adventurous album and his guitar playing absolutely shines throughout. I for one cannot wait to hear what he releases next."
"Matt Stevens has been one of the more interesting, innovative and genre-busting artists in the contemporary progressive scene for a while now, and this album sees him raise his game to a new level."
"Like everything its creator touches, Lucid is a very interesting and brave work. "
"Lucid is a huge album, with guests that include Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson) on drums and Jem Godfrey (Frost) and Emmett Elvin (Chrome Hoof, Guapo) on keyboards, among others. By the same token, it covers a huge amount of ground and begs for more than one listen. Forgo the headphones and let this one shake the house."