Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, James Holt is releasing the follow-up to his beautiful ethereal ballad, ‘Whispers’ with a powerful, lyric-driven anthem, ‘Alone Again’. Watch here
The 24 -year-old Mancunian provides lead vocals, backing vocals and plays all instruments (excluding drums) on ‘Alone Again’ and he 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’).”
With the craftsmanship and energy of James’ songwriting skills translating effortlessly to his stage performance and having performed at the UK’s most prestigious venues such as the Royal Albert Hall – James is certainly an artist to watch out for in 2018.