British singer-songwriter and musician Matt Owens has shared a brand new song, ‘Beer For The Horses’, the first single from his forthcoming album of the same name, out October 21st, 2022
The follow up to his celebrated 2019 solo debut Whiskey and Orchids, and 2020’s acclaimed Scorched Earth – recorded under strict Covid restrictions, meaning the majority of the parts had to be multi-tracked separately – new album Beer For The Horses finds Owens back in the live room surrounded by The Delusional Vanity Project, a seven-strong band of noteworthy musicians he’s crossed paths with throughout his twenty-year career.
From album co-producer Robert Vincent to long-time friends and fellow Little Mammoths members Olly Cox and Jimmy Besley, the full band sound was rounded out by Geoff Widdowson (Danny and the Champs, Treetop Flyers), Hannah Johns (The Leylines), Samuel Taylor, and James Jack, with Norwegian singer Camilla Sky brought in later to add a layer of vocals.
Matt and the band cut the album’s ten songs live to tape at Devon’s Middle Farm Studios over the course of a weekend in January, and ‘Beer For The Horses’ is the perfect introduction to the record’s visceral, rock-tinged dynamic. Of the song, Owens said:
“This was written for a photograph. It hangs in a bar or either Kilkee or Kinsale, and I need to find out which. It’s the home guard posing in a bar and a shire horse has poked his head through the window and stolen a Guinness at the crucial moment. Got to still have fun, cos these are the times…”