Taran Plouzané, guitarist for Bicurious, names 10 math/post-rock riffs you need to hear

Bicurious guitarist Taran Plouzané
(Image credit: Bobby Zithelo)

Outside of the mainstream, we’d argue some of the most exciting guitar riffs of the past decade have their roots in the math and post-rock spectrum. From Yvette Young’s singular fingerstyle in Covet to the masterful looped phrases of Giraffes? Giraffes! and And So I Watch You From Afar’s syncopated bombast, instrumental rock plays host to some of contemporary guitar’s most thrilling moments – and now you can add Irish guitar/drums duo Bicurious to that list.

With an onslaught of smart octave-doubled tones, Bicurious follow in a long line of UK and Irish riff merchants, and their debut album, (re)constructed, makes for an arresting listen, filled with ingenious chord shifts and nuanced tonal inflections. But more than anything, it’s chock-full of grade-A riff upon grade-A riff, with catchiness and virtuosity in perfect balance.

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Michael Astley-Brown
Editor-in-Chief, GuitarWorld.com

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.