Following on from debut single ‘Passion’, we’re happy to welcome back the indie-rock five-piece The Horn with their stirring second single ‘Always Late’. In contrast to that first track we reviewed around a month ago, ‘Always Late’ wasn’t written by the band’s founder Nick True back in the 80s, but instead it’s a fresh studio creation that represents the short-comings of both True and the group’s lead singer Johnny Taylor, like the aforementioned bassist puts it, “I am always late to literally everything, it’s because I’m always doing two things at once and so is Jonny, so I started to write it about me then midway through I made it about us both.“
Naturally, these two musicians are joined by the rest of the band – Danny Monk (guitars, programming), Ed Cox (keyboards) and Alex Moorse (drums) – to create a delicately layered and spectral listening experience. It’s opens with a chugging drum beat, softly strummed strings and an eerie electric guitar melody. It all sounds a little off-kilter, like someone dragging their feet in an act of procrastination, or as Taylor explains, “The production for me needed to be lazy synths and tender acoustic guitars that weren’t going anywhere in a hurry, like Nick.“
As a result, there’s an endearing quality to this confessional track, with its steady and relatively simple instrumentation that unfolds with a great sense of relaxation. Embedded within our Indie Rockers playlist, you’ll come across ‘Always Late’ and find yourself singing “I’m always late… to everything”.
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