From infectious grooves to white-hot metalcore: here are this week’s must-see guitar tracks
Summer is in full swing, sure, but is your summer 2021 playlist still where you want it to be?
Even if it does, you might want to make room for the fantastic new songs we’ve discovered during our recent travels.
These include a gorgeous tune of melodic shoegaze from up-and-coming Wednesday, white-hot metalcore from Employed to Serve, an infectious groove-fest from Chicano Batman, a soul-infused indie perfect for the season of Painted Shield, and well Moreover.
So take a look and find some new musical companions to beat the heat with.
Courtney Barnett – Rae Street
One of the brightest talents to emerge from Down Under in the 21st century, Courtney Barnett has made a lasting impression with simple songs that evoke seemingly ordinary everyday moments and turn them into introspective and thought-provoking ruminations on the most popular topics. more important.
On this front, Rae Street – the first single from his upcoming third album, Things take time, take time – shows Barnett in vintage lyrical form.
While devoid of fireworks, his riffs are solid on the track as well, with his signature guitar sound – firm, with a nice but subtle touch of dirt – fueling the mid-tempo rocker throughout. (JM)
Employee to Serve – Exist
And serving up this week’s new fix of metalcore is, uh, Employed to Serve. Ahead of their recently announced fourth studio album Conquest – and in the wake of their monstrous performance on the main stage at the Download’s Pilot Festival last month – this very promising UK export has been unleashed To exist.
A masterclass in modern metal – without a dearth of speaker blasts, dismal pinch harmonics, and truly killer vocals courtesy of conductor Justine Jones – this track once again establishes Employed to Serve as a leader on the stage.
He really did everything too: after two and a half minutes of slow-motion destruction, To exist Shifts things into high gear, undergoing a rapid increase in tempo that sets the stage for David Porter to let loose with a face-melting guitar solo.
“To exist is a song that celebrates the ups and downs of existence, ”Jones says. “For this video, I really wanted to capture the excitement of being a pre-teen and discovering the absolute joy that music is. I loved the idea of getting into someone’s head at that point and making them dream of being on stage with the band you love, like we did at that age and recently. last year when we couldn’t do concerts! (SR)
Sam Fender – Seventeen Going Under
Few singer-songwriters find themselves in the limelight as quickly as Sam Fender. His first album, quite simply superb, Hypersonic missiles, which was populated with guitar returns evoking the golden age of Britpop, broke all kinds of records, conquered him legions of fans across the generations and won him many prestigious awards.
With his new single, Seventeen in progress, Fender shows no signs of sophomore album syndrome, and kicked off the news of their second album with a contagious indie rock lungbuster that’s up there with the best of their repertoire.
Clinging to the youthful innocence and easy-going sound arrangements he’s already celebrated for, while writing from a more mature and thoughtful perspective, Fender vocalizes the trials and tribulations of his teenage years against a wall of Beautifully constructed guitar hooks and a huge chime. -y layers of six strings.
It’s time to stop labeling Sam Fender as “the next big thing”. He’s already one of the greatest things in his respective genre, and he’s here right now. (MO)
Leper – Low
Norwegian prog juggernauts Leprous recently announced their seventh album, Aphelia, and Low is about as epic as they’ve ever been.
The fast strings help, no doubt, but the crisp guitars of Tor Oddmund Suhrke and Robin Ognedal provide the most satisfying moments of the track, taking a more funky approach to the limit that again reinvents Leprous’s sound, before bringing it back. home to the thunderous conclusion of the piece – which comes complete with brass section.
Fortunately, Leprous can never take a reinvention too far – their musicality is always in tune with their ambition, and we can’t wait to hear where Aphelia then takes them. (MAB)
Wednesday – One last last
Built around the striking writing and vocals of Karly Hartzman, and a vast array of influences that include shoegaze and the campfire country Hartzman grew up on, Asheville, North Carolina, Wednesday will not pass. probably no longer under the radar.
One more last – the last single from the band’s next album, Twin plagues – introduces the band’s lap steel player, Xandy Chelmis, taking the microphone.
The numbing distortion blanket that surrounds the song will be heartily familiar to any shoegaze lover, but dig a little deeper and you’ll hear how Hartzman, guitarist Jake Lenderman, and Chelmis perfectly blend chords of monster power, happy dissonance, and screaming. melodic painful in a beautifully cohesive whole.
Put this one out loud and let the longest, hottest afternoons of the season slowly pass. (JM)
Painted Shield – July 4
The 4th and its accompanying vacation are behind us, but you’d be remiss to sleep on this surprise single from the project led by Stone Gossard and Mason Jennings.
Fueled by a furious rhythm from drummer Matt Chamberlain and the rich organ tones of Brittany Davis, this soul-steeped indie rocker draws on the intoxicating sound of the band’s debut album and finds Gossard grooving on a fuzzy riff that’s there. -high with its finest production of this century.
During our exciting chat with Gossard and Jennings last year, we got a feeling that Painted Shield would be a business on the move, and the news that a new album is due out next year will literally be music to your ears. Stone fans tired of the long waits between Pearl Jam albums. (MAB)
Zach Tabori – Get out (I’m ready)
We are getting closer and closer to the day when the restrictions and blockages induced by Covid are lifted, and so a proper celebratory music playlist is in order. Whatever your particular stylistic sensibilities, we bet Zach Tabori’s post-pandemic antics Get out (I’m ready) will find its place in this collection.
Perhaps described somewhat appropriately by the singer-songwriter on guitar as an “experience,” the track has a bit of everything – overproduced ELO-style backing vocals, octave-soaked main interludes, Bruno Light-hearted Mars – inspired rap passages, high gain guitar thrashes… you get the picture. There is a lot going on.
But, despite his overloaded arrangement, he never feels too much and never feels overwhelming. In fact, it all comes together like a beautifully crafted tapestry of eclectic influences, sewn together with surgical precision. Would it be an exaggeration to call it a work of art? Listen and see for yourself, however, whatever it is, it’s guaranteed to be exactly what you signed up for – a hell of a good time. (MO)
JP Saxe – Here’s Hopin ‘
How many breakout artists can say their debut album was so good it caught the attention of John Mayer, who loved it so much that he wanted to join them on The late show for a live performance of one of their songs? We would guess, but we probably wouldn’t guess much.
Appearance on Saxony’s Unmissable debut album Dangerous levels of introspection, the studio version of Here is hopin ‘ is just as special as the recently released Mayer-infused live version. The 28-year-old singer-songwriter takes the opportunity to play his own moving and versatile six-string chops and formidable phrasing powers, which exude the melody and feel of a seasoned blues-pop guitarist.
A guitarist to be reckoned with in their own right, the track also showcases Saxony’s acoustic chord prowess, sliding up and down the neck to pair open string chimes with melodic root note rhythms. Although Saxe is a selective songwriter, I hope he treats his future offerings with much more of the same six-string lead set he is exhibiting here. (MO)
Chicano Batman – Pastel Sunrise
Chicano Batman is back on stage with his first musical offering since his 2020 album Invisible people, the groove-infused single Pastel sunrise.
Using a ridiculously paced drum beat, resulting in a body sway and bassline that would give Tame Impala a run for their money, Pastel sunrise appeals to a plethora of sound layers, all working together to create a subtly psychedelic and so moving soundscape filled with vocal mirror-modulated guitar tracks, bridge pickup trills, and enveloping synths.
Released alongside the band’s equally contagious single on the A side Black Star, Chicano Batman looks to be back better than ever. Watch this space for future offers – you won’t want to miss them. (MO)