With the BBC Music’s Introducing Artist of 2015, the BRITS Critics Choice and the BBC Sound Of 2016 wins earlier this year, there aren’t many debut albums anticipated this year more than Jack Garratt’s!
Today (Friday 19th February), it has been released in the UK (not sure about US release, sorry).
1. Coalesce (Synesthesia Part II)
2. Breathe Life
3. Far Cry
6. The Love You’re Given
7. I Know All What I Do
8. Surprise Yourself
11. Synesthesia Part III
12. My House Is Your Home
What a bold, confident debut album from Jack Garratt.
Opening with Coalesce, and the strong statement of ‘but first I’ll open up your mind’, is fantastic for this fresh sound he offers, which across the 12 tracks never falls stagnant.
The recognisable radio hits of Breathe Life, Weathered and Worry all feel like I’ve heard them truly for the first time with a fresh lease of life blended into the cool electro-pop synths of the rest of the album.
With such a striking style to his sound, you could just about be forgiven for not really registering the power of his voice and songwriting capabilities. Fortunately, the fully stripped back My House Is Your Home catapults it home that this is a guy who can seriously sing and write with great passion. An intriguing way to end such a clean and crisp collection of tracks with the raspy naturalism of his voice without any of his now instantly recognisable electro melodies.
Ending on the line ‘and now darling my house is your home’ completing an album which makes you feel at great ease despite the stark differences it has to most albums you will have heard recently.
With all the accolades he has already accrued, it would be easy to be disappointed because of the huge praise already heaped upon Garratt. But trust me, believe the hype! He may slowly start taking over the music industry one album at a time.
Stand out songs: Breathe Life, The Love You’re Given, Synesthesia Part III.