Phase by Jack Garratt

Jack Garratt has recently created a die-hard fan base with his awkward and energetic bravado on and off stage. Despite only having 2 EPs and a collection of singles under his belt, the 24 year old one-man-band has amassed a hype that has seen him make multiple BBC introducing and live lounge appearances. All this attention and excitement can often lead to a disappointing debut album, but Garratt is a man who likes to surprise.

A perfectly balanced mix of electronic dance, hip hop and indie, tracks fuse together in Phase, defining Garratt’s unique and undeniably talented sound. Singles ‘Fire’ and ‘Breathe Life’ boast the endless ability to produce a masterpiece, full of synth-loaded hooks and ferocious falsetto vocals. The raw power of Jack Garratt’s voice shines brightest in track ‘Worry’ – a bewildering and beautifully refined song about unhealthy love obsessions.

What is perhaps most amazing about Garratt is that it is him and him alone. His live performance features him, a guitar, drum pad and synth. But yet he somehow produces tracks as overwhelming and tremendous as ‘Surprise Yourself’ – the surprise (and aptly named) latest single from Jack after a scorching hot VEVO LIFT session. Personal favourite ‘Weathered’ breathes nostalgia and warm summer nights with beautiful melodies and a tender guitar riff capable of warming the coldest of listeners.

Winning the Brits Critics Choice Award, featuring as Annie Mac’s hottest record in the world, and a headline UK tour, 2016 will easily be Jack Garratt’s year. If his jaw dropping live performance doesn’t do it for you, then his endearing and sincere personality will. His UK tour sees him play a sold out show at our very own University Union on April 5th. Phase is a phenomenally impressive debut album by Jack Garratt, full of ghostly but captivating synth hooks, incredible vocals and ingenious guitar riffs.


Luke Humphrey

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