The new album Lucid is released on the 31st March and is now available to pre-order from Burning Shed: 

https://www.burningshed.com/store/guitarists/product/111/5458/

Or Cherry Red: 

http://www.cherryred.co.uk/shopexd.asp?id=4566

Amazon and local 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).

Review from Prog magazine: 

 

Sid Smith (writer for Prog, Classic Rock, BBCMusic, Record Collector, Mojo etc) has reviewed 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. "

Read Sid's blog here.

Gigging Forever have reviewed it: 

"Powerful, challenging, and daring, it might not be what you expect from Matt (although expecting the unexpected is always a good idea) - but it's certainly a statement you can't ignore, and it's the best thing he's put his name on. (So far)." 

Read the full review here.

Lady Obscure have reviewed it here: 

"Lucid is every bit as good as I hoped it would be, in fact, it's even better, one of the UK's foremost and challenging guitarists has moved the game on to a completely higher level and, in this year that has, already, produced some stand out releases, Matt Stevens has, for me, produced one of the most impressive albums I've heard yet." 

Read the full review here


"The award winning guitarist delivers 11 pulsating instrumentals....thrilling, challenging work."

Acoustic Magazine

"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"

Rock-A-Rolla Magazine.

"Hopefully fans of Stevens previous work will laud Lucid for the artistic boldness it represents"

Prog Magazine

"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."

Oliver Arditi

"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."

DPRP

"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."

Sea Of Tranquility

"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."

Tim Hall

"Like everything its creator touches, Lucid is a very interesting and brave work. "

Rebelnoise.com

"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."

Alarm Press

Info:

All songs written by Matt Stevens

Produced by Kevin Feazey


Art and design by Carl Glover


Oxymoron


Guitar - Matt Stevens

Bass - Charlie Cawood

Drums - Stuart Marshall

Violin - Chrissie Caulfield


Flow


Guitars/Loops - Matt Stevens

Programming - Kevin Feazey


Unsettled


Guitar - Matt Stevens

Bass - Charlie Cawood

Drums - Stuart Marshall


The Other Side


Guitar - Matt Stevens

Pipa - Charlie Cawood

Drums - Stuart Marshall


The Ascent


Guitar - Matt Stevens

Keyboards - Jem Godfrey

Bass - Lorenzo Feliciati

Drums - Pat Mastelotto


Coulrophobia


Jon Hart - Vibraphone

Matt Stevens - Guitar/Bass

Emmett Elvin - Keyboards


Lucid


Guitar/Bass - Matt Stevens

Additional Bass - Kevin Feazey

Drum loop - Stuart Marshall


KEA


Matt Stevens - Guitar/Loops


Street And Circus


Matt Stevens - Guitar/Loops

Stuart Marshall - Drums


The Bridge


Guitar/DL4/Bells - Matt Stevens

Bass - Charlie Cawood

Drums - Stuart Marshall

Violin - Chrissie Caulfield

Spoken Word - Nicholas Wyatt Duke

Percussion/Effects - Kevin Feazey


A Boy

Matt Stevens - Guitar/Loops