A Jack of All Trades – Artist to Watch, Jack Garratt!

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Up and coming UK multi instrumentalist and singer-songwriter, Jack Garratt, is bursting out of the British Bubble and making waves with his first studio album, Phase, released this past February. Critically acclaimed in England and popularized as an opener for Mumford and Sons on their 2015 UK tour, he’s now being deemed an artist to watch by many.

Jack Garratt’s delightfully genre-bending work is resonating with many audiences, as it’s based in alternative piano and voice with electronic drums, and influences of R&B and blues in his complex rhythms and dynamic chords. His particular vocal style explores deep, earthy tones, a crisp higher register, and a melodic middle range that’ll have you singing and dancing along instantly. Garratt is truly a Jack of All Trades, as he works on his mastery of live looping and overdubbing multiple instruments. Check out his impressive one-man-show performance on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah of “Worry”, featured on 2016’s Phase

Phase truly explores the range of Jack Garratt’s abilities and influences. Upbeat tracks like “Far Cry”, “Chemical”, and “Fire” will have you updating your party playlists immediately with their catchy choruses and compelling beats. The three-part “Synesthesia” series, on the other hand, is almost euphoric, with its trance-like background and ethereal lyrics. Phase’s breakout hit “Worry” is a combination soft ballad and hard jam, with heart wrenching verses and a passionate, memorable chorus. Garratt uses bright and intricate background vocals, a strong guitar, a subtle organ, and simple but powerful drums to make you feel some type of way. His compositions seem to be just familiar enough to draw you in, but just original enough to keep you on your toes. Each piece has a different plot twist, whether it be his emotional and narrative lyrics or his experimentation with tempos, tones, and time signatures.

Though Phase is certainly a project to be praised, Garratt is bringing a lot more to the table! Jack is taking social media by storm with his hilarious Snapchat (@miguelmcdonald), Twitter, and Instagram, and his incredibly entertaining Facebook and website, all documenting his travels around the globe and his musical creations on the go. While there is little talk of a new LP in the works, Garratt continues to work on beats and smaller projects, his preference according to an interview with Ibiza Rocks TV, while on tour. He also recently recorded a live cover of Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love” on Triple J’s Like A Version program. Garratt’s jazzy, future-soul inspired piano and voice rendition, vaguely reminiscent of Hiatus Kaiyote, will have you swaying along as it absolutely does justice to the 2003 Queen B smash-hit we all know and love!


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Jillian Hurst

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