The best guitar tracks to hear this week
We’ve got everything covered and then some in this week’s playlist – including modern indie and unearthed, early 70s classics.
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Daniel, You’re Still a Child by Declan McKenna
Declan McKenna returns with his latest single from his new album, Zeros, full of brash, auto-wah guitar underpinned by grandiose piano parts and a synth heavy chorus reminiscent of Blossoms. The chorus leans into a shred solo running throughout the bridge and into the outro.
This Side Of Luv by KEYS
Recorded on cassette four track recorders during the lockdown, the Welsh quintet perfectly capture the essence of 70s Midlands pop music, with sprawling chord progressions and simmering guitars alongside California Saga-era Beach Boys inspired vocals.
Televised Mind by Fontaines D.C.
Everyone’s favourite indie band return with the latest offering from their forthcoming sophomore LP, A Hero’s Death. Reverb drenched guitars abound with great descending riffs and delayed single note lines. More proof that the Dublin band are on their way to being festival headliners.
None Of Us Are Getting Out Of This Life Alive by The Streets, IDLES
One of the bands that helped define British music throughout the early noughties has teamed up with IDLES, the band redefining British punk in the 10s and 20s. Both brash and charming in its delivery, it’s every bit as enthralling as you’d expect with dirty rhythms and quiet aggression throughout.
Yellow Yolk by Two Day Coma
The Bristol band are releasing a song every week throughout July with Yellow Yolk being their second. A sweet and summery track, the guitar work lilts back and forth throughout, with Tom Harris’s trademark lyricism a heart-warming tonic to these testing times.
Stockholm City Rock by Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard
Cardiff’s Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard continue the classic rock revival with the latest single from their superfluous EP, the aptly titled The Non-Stop EP. Raucous and raving mad, it perfectly embodies Marc Bolan and Spinal Tap in abundance, without too much hyperbole.
Nothing At All by Deep Purple
Recorded and produced by Bob Ezrin, in Nashville, during the recording process the band aimed to push their creative boundaries – reportedly adopting the motto “Deep Purple is putting the Deep back in Purple.”
Criss Cross by The Rolling Stones
An unearthed recording from the tracking sessions of Goats Head Soup, Criss Cross will appear on a deluxe version of their 1973 LP. Available in multi-format and deluxe editions, fans will look forward to a four-disc CD and vinyl box set that includes 10 bonus tracks, alternative versions, outtakes and three never-before-heard songs, including this and a track titled Scarlet with Jimmy Page.
Hetty O’Hara Confidential by Elvis Costello
Similar in its poise to Costello’s previous single, No Flag, he also gave a succinct description of the song in a statement, calling it “the tale of a tattler who outlives her time.” Both of Costello’s two recent singles were recorded over three days in Helsinki, Finland at Suomenlinnan Studio and has referred to it as the ‘Helsinki Sound.’
Tunnel Vision by Jack Cheshire
Coinciding with the announcement of his fifth album, Tunnel Vision echoes linear guitar work reminiscent Joy Divison whilst his sombre baritone and groove-based drum parts straddle many genres. A perfect gateway to his newer material.
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