The 10 Best Guitar Tracks To Hear This Week

From wondrous indie upstarts to modern punk icons, we've got everything covered in this week's playlist. Tune in, turn it up and tune out.

Model Village by IDLES

Another rousing single from the Bristolian proto-punk band, Model Village echoes the style heard on GREAT from their previous LP. Brazen guitars and aggro vocals bend into an anthemic chorus that calls out small town rhetoric and animosity.

We Are All Cowards Now by Elvis Costello

Coinciding with the announcement of his new LP Hey Clockface, Costello’s new single was cut live on the studio floor, and the whole record was recorded in just two days. Almost psychedelic in its delivery, it’s laced with choppy, delayed guitars and falsetto vocals.

Another Day (Galaxie 500) by Thurston Moore

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Part of his ongoing series of 20 covers of Galaxie 500 covers, Moore’s latest offering is a stripped back version, offering a simple acoustic and voice rendition, in stark contrast the band’s full band, dream-pop original. The cover is to celebrate Galaxie 500’s forthcoming Record Store Day reissue.

Some Of Us by King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

Continuing with their penchant for microtonal guitars, as heard on previous single Honey, King Gizzard’s latest track is more upbeat and leans into Captain Beefheart territory. Fuzzed out riffs and esoteric instrumentation are, unsurprisingly, all over this record along with a hazy summer glow.

Big Nothing by Willie J Healey

From his revered sophomore record Twin Heavy, Healey offers up a cool collision of 70s psychedelia and 90s hedonism, with sweet arpeggiated guitars and woozy slide melodies with midlands-inspired guitar solos. A future guitar hero.

(The World) Outside My Door by The Magic Gang

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A more sombre offering from the indie-pop quartet, it represents a more introspective viewpoint heard on their upcoming LP, Death Of The Party. Reverberated guitars act as a blank canvas for Jack Kaye’s softly spoken lyrics, all while the guitars get more brooding and dissonant.

Bittersweet (Live) by George Glew

George was the subject of our Ones To Watch section back in 2018, and he’s now returned with a live version of his single Bittersweet, which has earned over 6 million streams on Spotify alone. Expect Mayer like Strat tones and gorgeous harmonies.

Timeless by Oscar Jerome, Lianne La Havas

The UK’s next jazz prodigy is already synonymous within the scene due to his work with Kokoroko and the like, and now his debut solo album is only adding to the hype. Full of beautiful, solo jazz guitar, esoteric percussion and La Havas’s signature vocals.

The Strain by KEYS

One of Wales’s greatest exports have struck again with the third single from their new LP, with all tracks recorded direct to 4-track cassette. Full of beautiful descending chord patterns and that warm, analogue hiss, it’s a track that might come across as sad but is brimming with optimism.

Running Into You by The Cribs

From their new album Night Network, which was recorded at Foo Fighters’ Studio 606 in LA, following their support slot with the Foos in 2018. Back to their usual pomp, the Wakefield trio offer snarling guitars and sizzling hi-hats on their first release since 2017.

Andrew by Pom Poko

The newest single from their forthcoming second album, Cheater, the Norwegian pop-punk group follow 2019’s Birthday with another more aggressive sounding track compared to older releases. Expect power-pop drums and in-your-face vocals throughout.

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