When Brian Eno pipes up as one of your fans, you know you’re onto a good thing, citing James Holt’s music as “brisk, funny, exciting”.
Manchester-based multi-instrumentalist James Holt, with his deep and inquisitive blend of alternative rock and folk, has now released his second EP ‘Sanguine On the Rocks’. Watch here.
Make no mistake, this intense new material is not set to a template – it’s more a living circus of intoxicating blues, vibrant orchestration, dour and sharp monologue, buckled in the 23 year-old’s Mancunian spirit.
James Holt fixes notes together as if solving a complex mathematical puzzle, songwriting the ultimate form of self-expression, and is solution to proffer a platform for thought, push boundaries and capture precise snippets of time.
Possessing a wealth of melody and a fresh approach to honing his sound, ‘Sanguine On The Rocks’ is a charming six-track release epitomising the solo record in the truest sense, Holt having composed all its songs, played every instrument, also recording and mixing the EP himself.
Continuing where his well-received 2015 taster debut left off with EP ‘In the Face of It All’, he’s pinpointed his groove even further, souping-up swaggery, bluesy style to compliment his Lennon-esque vocals.
Swirling EP opener ‘The Mirror’ is a tour-de-force of Motown and bossa nova, title track ‘Sanguine On The Rocks’ is a complex and agitated mix featuring a brass section, and the EP in whole brings funk, heavier rock, ballads.
James’ debut EP ‘In the Face of It All’ was released in March 2015, receiving accolades and radio airplay from numerous BBC Introducing shows as well as Radio X, BBC Manchester, BBC Radio 6, BBC Radio 2 and KCRW.
See James Holt live:
12 May – Castlefield Food And Drink Festival (full-band show), Manchester
13 May – Horwich Music Festival
25 July – Lancashire Cricket Club