Refresh your playlist with a selection of this month’s essential tracks for guitar lovers of all stripes, brought to you by the makers of Guitar.com.
Lucy Dacus: My Mother & I
We spoke to the rising star in the latest issue of Guitar Magazine about her forthcoming album and not wanting to be lumped in with other female guitarists. Originally released for Mother’s Day, the single allows Dacus’ sweet, rounded vocals to float above her combative, intricate guitar playing.
Bill Frisell: Surfer Girl
We recently spoke with the incomparable jazz guitarist here about his new LP Epistrophy and his constant strive for new influences. This track from 2014’s Guitar In The Space Age! confirmed his ability to honour the classics in style without removing their original lustre.
Daniel Tompkins: Limitless
The Tesseract singer’s debut solo offering features many sonic delights and unusually for him, features an electro-pop feel on this album, laden with synths and soundscapes. Tompkins’ flawless vocals and melodic lines still ensure it has a heavy angle.
Stephen Taranto: Pixel Heart: Verdant
A wondrously progressive instrumental track that employs some incredibly fluid guitar lines that, while jaw-droppingly flawless, still work to enhance the catchy melodies.
Ulysses: Looking For A Guru
UK glam ’n’ roll band Ulysses have returned with their fourth long player On Safari, which is a melting pot of late-60s psychedelia, plaintive 1970s folk rock and four-to-the-floor disco beats.
Val McCallum: Chateauguay
This title track from McCallum’s new album of tasteful Americana showcases his acoustic, electric and slide prowess – and reveals why he’s Jackson Browne’s go-to guitarist. The legendary Shelby Lynne lends her harmony vocals throughout.
Temples: Hot Motion
The first single since the band moved to esteemed indie label ATO Records, Hot Motion is classic Temples with wobbly, saturated guitars and James Bagshaw’s characteristically vintage vocals.
Ian Noe: Between The Country
A stark album full of desolation and despair, Noe recalls vintage John Prine throughout. Arpeggiated acoustics are accompanied by simple percussion and warm, reverb-drenched lead lines.
Sunset Sons: Problems
The France-based Brit-Aussie surf rockers return with their first offering since 2018’s The River EP. Beachy, Foals-esque riffs open the track before falling into a stripped-back, smooth guitar-pop anthem.
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