TUNE James Holt - Sanguine On the Rocks
Sanguine On the Rocks is a tale of despair and redemption and is based on a real-life conversation between James and his friend, as James explains: “I saw my friend one day and he looked so down and tired, I didn’t know him well at this point but I could see right through it. I said: "Listen, I know how you feel. You have so much energy and you're so willing to help other people that they just take advantage and use you. They just use your energy but give you nothing back and just leave you feeling drained”. He must've realised something or was just so tired that he burst into tears. The song is a conversation in itself, although it’s only until the very end that the focus character speaks and claims redemption for himself, as the song says: “freedom cannot be given”.”
On the song title: “'Sanguine' is derived from the latin word for blood but also means confidence/energy. 'Sanguine On the Rocks' sounds like a drink so that's where the sucking blood comes from (i.e. sucking energy/exhausted), also, 'on the rocks' could mean a shipwreck or like an emotional breakdown which also relates to the story.”
The complex rhythmic metre (constant alternate bars of 4/4 and 7/8) and harmonic ambiguity gives the piece a restless, agitated character and emphasises the song’s jittery personality. The track also features additional performances from Ben Richeton (trumpet), Joe Stevenson (trombone) and Daniel Thompson (baritone saxophone).