The 10 Best Guitar Tracks to Hear This Week
This week’s playlist covers everything from jazz covers of Civil Rights songs to hard rock and thai funk. Time to untangle those earphones…
Pelota by Khruangbin
The third single from the band’s forthcoming album Mordechai, it’s another example of the band incorporating vocals and lyricism into their usually intrsumental ensemble. Speaking briefly on Pelota, Khruangbin remarked: “A Texan band with a Thai name singing a song in Spanish, loosely based on a Japanese movie.”
Your Offenses by McStine & Minnemann
Consisting of Randy McStine of Lo-Fi Resistance and Marco Minnemann of The Aristocrats, this single perfectly marries djent techniques and riffery with 70s inspired vocal melodies. Produced by the band and mixed by Forrester Savell of Karnivool and SikTh fame, it coincides with the announcement of their self-titled album due out July 3.
Carousels by Doves
Their first single in 11 years, Jimi Goodwin has claimed it’s a “mission statement.” Based around a drum sample by the late Tony Allen, it’s shot through with atmosphere and esoteric soundscapes, fuzzed out bass and lifting keys under Goodwin’s smooth baritone.
7th Dynamic Goo by The Orielles
Heard on their critically acclaimed sophomore album Disco Volador, Halifax’s finest have now released an equally cosmic music video to accompany the single. With guitars drowning in phaser, it moves between 80s synth and modern psychedelia, with the odd time-sgnature jump thrown in for good measure. Like an acid trip on an undiscovered planet.
Temporary by Dream Wife
The latest single from their forthcoming LP So When You Gonna…, the band revealed that Temporary is “a song about having hope through waves of difficulties,” and is dedicated to a friend who recently became pregnant. Opening with mellow, arpeggiated guitars over breakbeat drums, it acts as a bed for Rakel Mjöll’s beautiful, twee delivery that softens a difficult subject.
Mariana Trench by Bright Eyes
Released in conjunction with the announcement of Down In The Weeds Where The World Once Was, their first album since 2011’s The Peoples’ Key, this single features both Flea of RHCP and Queens Of The Stone Age drummer Jon Theodore. With characteristically sombre verses and eerie instrumentation, the chorus blooms with addition of Flea’s buoyant bass lines and Theodore’s powerful rhythms.
Two Suns In The Sunset by Roger Waters
Recorded in isolation with his touring band, Roger Waters has opted to record an alternate version of this classic Pink Floyd track from 1983 in place of the This Is Not A Drill tour that was planned for next month. Comprising of Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig from indie outfit Lucius, drummer Joey Waronker, and guitarists Jonathan Wilson and Dave Kilminster amongst others, it’s a sombre, alive performance with calm acoustics and tremolo guitars.
Feel Today by Dead Shed Jokers
South Wales’ finest have released their latest single from their 2019 album All The Seasons. Perfectly channeling the bands multitude of influences, from QOTSA to Deftones and everything in between, it develops into a beautiful cacophony of fuzzy solos and angular riffery.
We Shall Overcome by Bill Frisell
Coinciding with the announcement of his new album, Valentine, due out on Blue Note on August 21, the virtuoso has revealed his cover of the Civil Rights anthem with Thomas Morgan on Bass and Rudy Royston on drums. In true Frisell fashion, expect beautiful harmonics, intricate vocal and instrument melodies intertwining and perfect interplay between all three musicians.
Cowboy by The Wytches
Four years on from the release of their second album, All Your Happy Life, The Wytches return with Cowboy, an ample and fuzzy romp that reintroduces you to the dark underbelly of their world. Full of dirty, reverb-drenched guitars with raked chords aplenty, it’s a welcome return from the trio.
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