On the hunt for new guitar music? We’ve compiled a list of fresh artists you should be keeping an eye and an ear on. From promising singer-songwriters to bands that are exploding on the scene, here’s a little bit of everything for everyone.
Frank Ocean, Drake and Travis Scott may be huge names in modern music, yet not many guitarists would cite them as influences. Except this 20-year-old Canadian.
Justice Der has been covering contemporary R&B and hip-hop tunes for a few years now, his blissed-out Stratocaster tones filling in for rapid-fire rap verses and Auto-Tuned chorus croons. No matter what you think of hip-hop today, it’s no denying that it’s the music of choice for the next generation of guitar players.
After dissolving Ultimate Painting in 2018, Jack Cooper roped in a few friends to form a new band. The result? Modern Nature, an eclectic outfit whose members span from free jazz (Jeff Tobias of Sunwatchers) to pseudo-krautrock (Will Young of BEAK>) to indie-folk (Aaron Nevue of Woods). The band will drop its debut full-length, How To Live, next week – but you can preview a few tracks on their Bandcamp page.
What were you up to at 16? Probably not releasing two critically acclaimed EPs, performing at the fabled BBC Maida Vale studio and taking the stage at massive festivals.
Alfie Templeman has done all of that – and more – at that tender age, and the highly rated teen is working on several more projects slated for release next year. With his latest EP Sunday Morning Cereal, he brings a mix of contemporary R&B, indie-rock and electronic music to the table – check it out above.
After dropping their debut record Light Upon The Lake in 2016, the indie-folk outfit – comprising members of Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Smith Westerns – are readying their follow-up full-length, Forever Turned Around. And if the first teaser off it, FTA, is anything to go by, it’ll be a hushed, Bon Iver-meets-Calexico affair. The new record arrives on 30 August.
Check out the previous list of new artists here.