Matt Stevens – Ghost

Ghosts and other spooky phenomena are the cornerstone of many an English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish folk tales. It also happens to be the name of the latest record by the English guitarist and composer Matt Stevens. Let’s have a closer look at this haunting musical delight.

Ghost is an entirely instrumental effort with the eclectic acoustic guitar playing of Matt Stevens being the main focus. I’m not an avid fan of instrumental music in general, however this album may be the exception to the rule.

Most compositions are minimalistic by nature, but they’re surprisingly layered at times. The use of all kinds of weird effects add to the suspense and atmosphere on Ghost. The overall mood swings from utter joy (Into The Sea, Big Sky)  to somewhat darker experimental avant-garde compositions like Lake Man, 8.10 and the title track.

My focus tends to stick to the darker tracks, but that’s just my own taste. I’m wondering what Matt Stevens with music in the vein of  Massive Attack, The Herbaliser and Aphex Twin. I’m sure the results would be interesting to say at least.

Ghost is by all means a very interesting record with its minimalistic compositions, shifting moods and rich texture. It requires somewhat of an acquired taste, but fans of Mogwai, Sigur Rós and even Radiohead should give this record a couple of spins. An interesting introduction indeed!

written by Raymond Westland


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