The 10 Best Guitar Tracks To Hear This Week

From reimagined jazz classics to aggressive new post-punk anthems, it's all here in this week's playlist...

Alphabet by Shame

London’s post-punk troubadours are back with their new single, Alphabet, the first since their highly acclaimed 2017 debut, Songs Of Praise. A raucous and off-kilter guitar riff reminiscent of Oh Sees and visceral vocals are a welcome return to form.

Cranes In The Sky by Big Joanie

Re-recording Solange’s impeccable single, the London trio offer a grungey, soulful rendition with reverberated guitars and sombre bass drudge. Released as a 7” on Third Man Records, it reaches its apex with searing guitars and driving drums and percussion.

Paraphernalia by Temples

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Paraphernalia is the first single from Temples second album for ATO Records, and rings like an argument between Daft Punk and Abba. Their signature muted bass tone remains, alongside fuzzed out riffery, with the addition of searing keys and orchestration.

Cathedral Of The Mind by Doves

On their fifth album, and their first in a decade, Doves present themselves as a band that haven’t felt the effects of that chasm in their recording output. Sultry arpeggiated guitars are interspersed with found sound and breakbeat drums.

Gravity by George Glew

The Bristolian songsmith returns with his first single since 2018’s Higher, offering impeccable falsetto and intricate guitar work that’s sure to bring a tear to the eye. Arguably his most poignant work yet, it shows there’s plenty still to come from this young guitar prodigy.

Galaxy by Alfa Mist

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Reimagining an Eddie Henderson classic for Blue Note, one of jazz’s most exciting new faces delivers with this undeniably cool cover, full of blue clarinet, smooth clav and killer modulated guitar lines from Jamie Leeming.

Cattle In The Cane (Live) by Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge

This beautiful acoustic version recorded live from home is a new rendition from the duo’s 2013 EP Close to Picture. A perfect example of Lage’s largely under-represented rhythm chops and Eldridge’s impeccable gypsy jazz playing.

Eulogy for Dead French Composer by Gwenifer Raymond

From her forthcoming LP Strange Lights Over Garth Mountain, Raymond’s newest release is a haunting performance that drifts between 20s blues and baroque guitar with ease. A true gem of instrumental guitar work.

LAX by Vulfpeck feat. Joey Dosik

In total contrast to the above, Vulfpeck’s LAX flits between alternative percussion and matching lines from Cory Wong on guitar and Nick Dart on bass, perfectly underpinning the tight keys and lead vocal.

Worth It by beabadoobee

The indie-sensation has returned with another single from her forthcoming debut album for Dirty Hit, Fake It Flowers. Easily mistaken as a track from the Clueless soundtrack, it’s brimming with moody Fender tones and delayed arpeggiated lines.

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