TUNE James Holt - Little Green Light
"It's a hybrid of sorts, fusing elements of disco, Latin American rhythms and Johnny Marr jangly guitar lines, all with hints of The Beatles throughout."
Little Green Light follows on from 'Come Out to Play' the "baroque, beat-pop gem" (John Kennedy, Radio X) and continues in a similar vein while exploring new sounds and drawing from a different palate of influences.
Describing the lyrical themes James said, "Lyrically, it explores the fading glow of the American Dream from an outsiders perspective, a central theme in The Great Gatsby (symbolised by a green light at the end of a dock). It traces the early-American ideals of freedom of opportunity, which encouraged many to emigrate there in the early 20th century, to the fulfilled dream of the moon landing (the event celebrates its 50th anniversary this year)."
"In a way, it relates to the current feeling towards America (with all of our shared political and social turmoil), as if we're looking across the 'bay' (the Atlantic Ocean) wondering about what was and what could still be.”
James said, “I have always been attracted to the various quirks and idiosyncrasies of Bowie's music, and I aimed to give the track this same depth, which allows the little details to be discovered on repeated listens."
James provides lead vocals, backing vocals and plays all instruments apart from drums and saxophone on ‘Little Green Light’ and has continued use the production skills of Jim Spencer (Johnny Marr, The Charlatans) that has proved successful on previous single releases.
The release coincides with James’ headline shows at the Deaf Institute, Manchester on Friday 4th October and Hope & Anchor, London (Islington) on Thursday 17th October.