Eight must-listen guitar tracks: May 2019

This month’s essential tracks for guitar lovers…

May’s fast approaching, and along with it, a ton of great music. Here, we’ve compiled a list of some new guitar tracks that you should give a listen to. We’ve also recently interviewed a few of the artists featured here, so hit the links below to learn more about their music.

1The National: Light Years

Ahead of their eighth album I Am Easy To Find, here’s an introspective, delicate single with heavy piano and Matt Berninger’s trademark baritone.

2Duff McKagan
: Tenderness

The GN’R bassist’s new LP is detailed here. His new single, with balladeering piano and laid-back acoustic guitars, marks a new, tender era for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee.

3Tom Misch
: Lost In Paris

Read our interview with one of the UK’s brightest young guitar players here, and while doing so you should listen to one of the grooviest tracks to come out of London in years.

4King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard: Boogieman Sam

ZZ Top-inspired, fuzzed-out guitars open into swung drums and filtered harmonica, before Stu Mackenzie rambles a catchy, psyched-out chorus with harp trills and falsetto backing.

5Mac DeMarco
: All Of Our Yesterdays

The hipster king returns with another laid-back treasure. Slide guitar and softly plucked acoustic leads into a breezy single perfect for lazy afternoons in the park with beer.

6Cage The Elephant and Beck: Night Running

A team-up between the Kentucky rockers and the chameleonic producer and multi-instrumentalist marks their forthcoming co-headline tour and melds reggae beats with scuzzy guitar stabs.

7Sam Fender: Hypersonic Missiles

The Brit winner’s newest single delivers poignant lyrics perfect for our current climate, while showing off his Springsteen influences with added saxophone and chorused guitars.

8Vampire Weekend: This Life

VW’s long-awaited fourth LP is fast approaching, and Ezra Koenig’s vision is again in full view on This Life. Tremolo baritone guitars are accompanied by sweet lead lines and Danielle Haim’s gorgeous backing vocals.

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