The 10 best guitar tracks to hear this week

This week’s playlist features unearthed gems and new classics from legends, alongside new collaborations and ear-bleeding shred

Neil Young onstage in 1974

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Homefires by Neil Young

Taken from his upcoming record, Archives Volume 2: 1972-1976, ‘Homefires’ follows ‘Come Along And Say You Will’ and was recorded in 1974. The track is available to stream exclusively through the Neil Young Archives website and app here.

Somebody Like You by The Magic Gang

A surprise single from the Gang, ‘Somebody Like You’ is reminiscent of their debut album, full of youthful exuberance and longing. With an opening riff reminiscent of the Stones’ ‘Start Me Up’, it moves into a relaxed verse before jumping into a bouncy chorus.

The Perfect World by Marty Friedman

Reworking his 2016 single for his forthcoming album Tokyo Jukebox 3, Friedman once again showcases his exceptional lead work here, perfectly interplaced alongside Alfakyun’s vocals. His new album features covers of a selection of Japanese pop songs to more contemporary tracks.

Antifa Niece by Mrs Smith

Featuring a satirical video that rips on the aesthetic of “Antifa”, Mrs Smith returns with a pop-metal anthem that both showcases her absurd humour and insane shred ability in abundance. From pop hooks to two-handed tapping and a political agenda, it’s got it all.

I’ll See You In My Dream by Bruce Springsteen

His triumphant 20th album, the boss features three tracks written in his 20s while the others wrestle with age and mortality. This single, with big guitar solos and The E Street Band at full throttle, with a spiritual outlook in its lyrics.

ATC by Gardening

The lead single from their new Magpie EP, Gardening, formally known as Mirror Shot, have come out firing on all cylinders here, with a feel-good indie anthem to uplift you as the winter months draw in.

30,000 Megabucks by Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard

The band’s first release since their acclaimed ‘The Non-Stop EP’, it was penned back in 2018 and has been a mainstay of their live shows. With BBB’s now customary Bolan-by-AC/DC riffery and 70s inspired vocal harmonies, it’s a certified sleeper hit.

Faith Healer by Julian Baker

Released in conjunction with the announcement of her third album, Little Oblivions, Baker started working on ‘Faith Healer’ two years ago as an examination of addiction. Driven arpeggiated lines abound under Baker’s ethereal vocals.

Newspaper Pane by Elvis Costello

The latest single from Costello’s forthcoming LP ‘Hey Clockface’, and the first to be recorded outside of Helsinki or Paris. Written and produced in New York by Michael Leonhart in collaboration with Bill Frisell, Costello added his lyrics remotely.


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