Watch Mateus Asato treat Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah to sublime slides and lush licks in new instrumental cover

Mateus Asato
(Image credit: Mateus Asato/YouTube)

The social media scene has been that bit darker since Mateus Asato announced his indefinite Instagram hiatus. However, fans of today’s premier neo-soul navigator now have reason to rejoice after he posted a quick-fire clip of Hallelujah – which he dusted with a healthy dose of Asato magic.

Such is the bite and dirt of his neck single-coil tone, Asato’s take on the Leonard Cohen/Jeff Buckley classic sounds at first like a sleepy Stevie Ray Vaughan nonchalantly noodling around the opening two chords.

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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.