Review | Phase by Jack Garratt

Photograph: Pexels
Photograph: Pexels

Jack Garratt has created a die-hard fan base of thousands with his awkward and energetic bravado on and off stage. Despite only having two 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 Jack 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 Jack 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 Jack 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. Tickets for his UK tour are selling like hot cakes, perhaps most impressively selling out the Brixton Academy. Phase is a phenomenally impressive debut album by Jack Garratt, full of ghostly but captivating synth hooks, incredible vocals and ingenious guitar riffs.

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Luke Humphrey 8 Articles
Luke is currently studying International Development at the University of Leeds. He is interested in development, environmental affairs as well as having a keen interest in British politics and writing music reviews and features for blogs and newspapers.

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