Matt Fort, a guitarist, songwriter and producer based in Blackpool, UK, started playing music at a young age. For the past ten years, the artist has been contributing to various bands up until recently. Fort has turned his focus to more solo-related ventures and Daylight is a six-track EP that highlights Fort’s sound that is a cross between alternative and classic rock. I could tell Fort has a lot of classic rock influences and he lists David Guilmour, Satriani, Brian May and even artists like Beck and Radiohead as bands he thinks he sounds similar to.
Daylight opens up with the title track “Daylight,” that starts off to a display of synths. The music then comes in with a sauntering drumming beat. The music grows and the guitars come in. There was a meandering approach to the instrumentals. There is no apparent rush as each instrument is spotlighted. Off to a sauntering groove, the music on “Harmonias Snake” had more of a slow burn vibe. As slowly the guitars and drumming beat build in the backdrop, you can tell Fort is big on melody as the sound takes flight. Some psychedelic guitars also round out the sound. More synths come across for an atmospheric pairing with the driven guitars and drumming beat. All the instrumentals came together for a great classic rock sound.
On “Never Give Up,” some beats and loose guitar strands sound out for a sparse vibe. Next, some keys come in for a retro flair. The wall of guitars then arrives. The music changes up from hard-hitting energy to a more sauntering groove which leaves listeners on their toes, not knowing what to expect next. On “Parts Of The Whole,” some sparse guitar riffs erupt in the start of this song. As the drums race in, the groove becomes jauntier. The music unfolds and in turns highlight the bass and guitars. What sounds like xylophones give this track some more of the unexpected. Guitars and a sauntering drumming beat enter the sound on “Whirring.” Against the backdrop of instrumentals, Fort’s guitar work is a highlight.
Fort describes Daylight as a conceptual album “… with variety of sounds that express a lot about where I am in my life, and express the journey and struggles I have been facing.” Fort has made an EP that carries the torch for like-minded bands of the aforementioned genres. With a sound that definitely carries, this is a great start and I look forward to hearing new music from him soon.
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