Two sublime, seventies-styled pieces, the tracks mark a welcome return for the Fife talent and showcase the full spectrum of his enviable abilities.
Out today (15 August), “Welcome to the Future”, is a southern-rocking runaway train of swampy slide guitars, bluesy barroom pianos, and hammond organs getting the full hammer-and-tongs.
Letting his soaring, rootsy vocal do the talking, “Welcome to the Future” is a song ultimately about escapism; making time to enjoy the now, whilst also maintaining an optimistic outlook for all the promises the future might hold. Wrapping personal admissions in psychedelic obfuscations, it’s as time-warping as it is telling. As Horne explains:
“In life we have our ups and downs and in the last few years I’ve had plenty – at times I definitely was going crazy…. This song is all about trying to take my mind somewhere else. Take the listener and me to a whole other world. I make references to myself in the song but really it is about living life right now and what the future holds. The last lyric ‘the people you love will always come back and grab you when you feel the strain, oh how I want you anyway’. Life can be strenuous but I love being alive.”
The single is backed with the “Diego & Maria”, a tale of two outlaw bounty hunters journeying across the American midwest told with all the drama of a Bob Dylan or Nick Cave narrative, and all the retro groove’n’gusto of Creedence Clearwater Revival or The Allman Brothers at the peak of their powers..
Recorded at Tpot Studios in Perthshire Scotland, both tracks were written by Davey Horne, mastered by Pete Maher (U2, Echo & The Bunnymen) and engineered/mixed by Robin Evans.
Influenced by classic songwriters such as Neil Young, Paul McCartney and Bob Dylan, Davey Horne is a singer-songwriter hailing from Fife, Scotland.
Building his sound around his three stand-out talents: his soaring voice, his virtuosic multi-instrumentalism and his innate ability to craft timeless songs; Horne quietly released his self-titled debut album in 2020 has since earned something of a reputation as an artists’ artist. Receiving a personal request to work with Grammy-nominated producer Jonathan Wilson on his tours of the UK and Europe, Horne was also invited to tour the US, UK and Europe with American singer-songwriter Nicole Atkins. Elsewhere, artists such as Jim Sclavunos (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds/Grinderman) and Nyoh (Harry Styles) have sought-out his talents, while Davey has also shared stages with the likes of Miles Kane and Paolo Nutini.
And also shared stages with artists such as Miles Kane and Paolo Nutini
However, shortly after the release of his debut album, the dawning of the pandemic would also bring news that would shake Davey’s whole life to its very core. Learning his wife, Natalie, had been diagnosed with breast cancer, his career in music was immediately put on the back-burner as his sole focus became his family. Yet no matter how dark the sky can get, it seems that storm clouds can still bring with them a silver lining. Learning to find therapy in music during those difficult times, Davey found solace in writing and playing, and soon began amassing a new catalogue of songs almost without realising.
Fast forward to 2022 and Natalie has made an inspiring recovery and Davey is now looking to the future with plans to begin performing once again, not to mention sharing some of that unreleased material with the public too…
The first of those spoils are the AA-side single: “Welcome to the Future” and “Diego & Maria”; two glorious, sun-drenched, classic rock tracks that see Davey Horne re-establish his path in music with some extraordinary music seemingly beamed from another era.
4 Sept – Vibration Festival, Falkirk
Artwork by Christopher Jackson at Beezom Productions
DAVEY HORNE – AA-SIDE SINGLE: “WELCOME TO THE FUTURE” // “DIEGO & MARIA”