From cinematic death metal epics to math-rock magic: here are this week's essential guitar tracks

Mike Kinsella (left) and Steve Holmes of American Football perform during FORM Arcosanti 2019 at Arcosanti Urban Laboratory on May 10, 2019 in Arcosanti, Arizona
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So here we are folks, our last essential guitar tracks round-up of 2021.

It’s been A Year™️, no doubt, but one in which we’ve also been blessed with a remarkable bounty of new music that’s taken the guitar to sonic lands hithero unknown. It’s been a treat to share it all with you.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.