The Playlist: August 2019

This month’s essential tracks for guitar lovers…

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

Footsteps by Modern Nature

An indie-supergroup of sorts, Jack Cooper of Ultimate Painting has teamed up with members of BEAK>, Sunwatchers and Woods to create a body of work that focuses on how urban and rural landscapes work together. Clean plucked guitar is complimented by esoteric synths on this track.

Heart In Hand by Opeth

The lead single from the Swedish prog-metal band’s forthcoming album In Cauda Venenum shows that this band have no intention of slowing down anytime soon. Monstrous riffery opens the single, with interesting dynamic shifts throughout.

The Torch Committee by Josh Ritter

The Americana artist’s 10th long player was produced by none other than Nashville’s king-in-waiting Jason Isbell. Torch Committee is a sombre, politically charged track with intricate acoustics and soothing vocals.

Everybody Says Hi by Henry’s Funeral Shoe

Welsh blues-rockers Henry’s Funeral Shoe have announced their new album Smartphone Rabbit Hole with the release of their first single of the year. A rousing, old-school blues-inspired track, laden with fuzzy riffs and a pulsating backbeat.

Faraway Look by Yola

Interviewed in the latest issue of Guitar Magazine, Yola talks of toxic band environments and working with Dan Auerbach. Her single Faraway Look blends subtle Americana with Phil Spector-esque string arrangements.

Spanish Eddie by The Aristocrats

The instrumental three-piece featuring alien guitar virtuoso Guthrie Govan recently released their fourth studio album, You Know What…?, and this unabashed prog song is the perfect gateway to what Govan’s all about.

The Other Side by VAVÁ

Vanessa Wheelers is the subject of this month’s collection, where she shows off some of the coolest, most exhilarating and left-field takes on classic shapes we’ve seen in a long time. Here them in full force on the brilliant The Other Side.

Fresh Out by Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram

Touted as the next big breakout Blues act, Kingfish plays with a maturity that bellies his tender age of just 20. Fresh Out, from his self-titled debut, displays his effortless BB King-inspired vocals and some monster playing that makes us all want to quit immediately.

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