Video Premiere: Massive Attack’s Neil Davidge Makes Solo Debut


| March 10, 2014 - 3:24 pm

The video for Neil Davidge’s “Home from Home” opens with an image of cells dividing and the sound of a heart beating. Like Terence Malick’s The Tree of Life or Lars Von Triers’ Magnolia, what follows is a meditation on the ephemeral nature of life. Davidge adds a personal touch by using the sound of his recently born son’s heart to the music and morphing the dividing cells in the video’s final frames into the logo of his debut album Slo Light.

Although this marks Davidge’s first solo album, his credits extend back to the early ’90s and production work with Massive Attack (Mezzanine, 100th Window, Heligoland), Xbox’s Halo 4 game, and film scores (Luc Besson’s Unleashed, Paul McGuigan’s Push). Davidge has also worked with boundary-pushing artists like Bowie, Cocteau Twins’ Elisbeth Fraser, Primal Scream, and Mos Def. Not surprisingly, the 13 tracks that comprise Slo Light are theatrical, cinematic, haunting, and a little unsettling. Featuring a roster of up and coming vocalists, Slo Light reflects Davidge’s collaborative credentials and deft touch with grand, complex arrangements. Before Slo Light, it might not have been so easy to detect or pinpoint Davidge’s sophisticated, sensuous touch. After Slo Light, it will be hard to miss.

Slo Light is out now on The End Records. The vinyl pack includes five bonus 12” remixes. After the jump, Vibe premieres the video for “Home from Home” featuring Icelandic California ex-pat Ryan Karazija (Low Roar). Of the song Davidge says, “This really is one of my favorite tracks on the record. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did creating it.”

Slo Light Track Listing
1. Slo Light featuring Stephonik Youth
2. Gallant Foxes featuring Cate Le Bon
3. How Was Your Day featuring Karima Francis
4. Home From Home featuring Low Roar
5. They Won’t Know featuring Stephonik Youth
6. That Fever featuring Claire Tchaikowski
7. Riot Pictures featuring Sandie Shaw
8. Zero One Zero featuring Stephonik Youth
9. Sleepwalking featuring Emi Green
10. Anyone Laughing featuring Claire Tchaikowski
11. Discovering The Universe That Fever ANHM version (bonus track)
12. Hummingbird featuring Patrick Duff (iTunes exclusive bonus track)
13. Sensor featuring Jhelisa Anderson (Digipak bonus track)
14. Forty Days In The Wilderness featuring Patrick Duff (12″ Vinyl bonus track)
15. Slo Light Davidge vs Rob Smith’s Lovas Remix (12″ Vinyl bonus track
16. Sensor Davidge vs Quadrant, Kid Hops & Iris Remix (12″ Vinyl bonus track)
17. Sleepwalking Davidge vs Michael Mortlock Remix (12″ Vinyl bonus track)
18. Hummingbird Instrumental (12″ Vinyl bonus track)