Tue 25th May 2021
Was Muse’s Matt Bellamy the last great rock guitar innovator? How about St. Vincent? Maybe Ed Sheeran’s use of the loop pedal marks him out as the most recent to push the instrument in new directions. What is clear is that pop is in a peculiar place: relentless synthesized textures and Auto-Tuned bedroom production have replaced the virtuoso instrumentalist. Where are the new guitar innovators?