From tortured neo-soul to festival-ready indie: here are this week's essential guitar tracks

Maxwell Hughes of The Lumineers performs onstage during Global Citizen Live on September 25, 2021 in Los Angeles, California
(Image credit: Rich Fury/Getty Images for Global Citizen)

Just as with 2020, it can certainly be said that few things have gone according to plan in 2021. But hey! The year’s brought us some amazing music, and – by the looks of this week – there’s still more to come in the year’s final quarter.

Recent days have seen IDLES re-emerge with a razor-tipped piece of soul called The Beachland Ballroom, Ghost return just in time for Halloween season with the appropriately spooky (and heavy) Hunter’s Moon, The Lumineers plug in and change things up on Brightside, and Wet Leg treat us to some sprightly indie-pop on Wet Dream.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.