Label: 63 Steps Records
Impact date: May 2019
Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, James Holt releases the powerful, lyric-driven anthem in ‘Alone Again’.
The 24-year-old Boltonian provides lead vocals, backing vocals and plays all instruments (excluding drums) on ‘Alone Again’. James has once again, brought in the production wizardry of Jim Spencer (Johnny Marr, The Charlatans) to create layers of reverb and different filters, allowing each part in the song to have a stark contrast to each section as James explains:
“I really enjoy subverting people’s expectations in songs through sudden tempo changes, similar to Brian Wilson’s production method of splicing together of different sections, which gives ‘Alone Again’ an angular quality. I’ve always loved the classic songs of the 60/70s and – drawing inspiration from The Beatles (the Rubber Soul / Revolver years) and the dramatic variety of early Scott Walker – I aimed to write a song that pays homage to that golden era of songwriting.
“There are three separate narratives in ‘Alone Again’ with the underlying theme of loneliness and regret. In the first verse, the character loses his love in death (‘never-ending dream’). In the second he never told his love of his feelings (‘I should have screamed when I was whispering’) and in the final verse he blames himself for suffocating their passions (‘like fire clings to a burning man I have smothered you’).”
“Feels fresh and exciting to listen to.” – Brian Eno
“Love James’ voice on that new single. S
oundinggreat”. John Kennedy Radio X
BBC Introducing Manchester have been huge supporters of James. Co-presenter/producer, and Michelle Hussey commented, “It’s beautiful with definite echoes of Cherry Ghost.“
“It sounds very Beatles-esque and – here’s a massive compliment – vocally it sounds very John Lennon.” Jim Salveson from XS Manchester
“Very talented, very wonderful – absolutely love his voice.” Natalie BBC Introducing Manchester.
“With an arresting voice that is reminiscent of John Lennon or early Bob Dylan, wily lyrics and an upbeat weave of rock, prog and blues, it’s obvious to see why his remarkable music is turning heads.” Louise Dodgson, The Unsigned Guide.