Top collaboration alert. Check out Little Simz’s feature on Jack Garratt’s latest single Far Cry. Listen here.
Garrett explained “ it washonour to share my music with someone who has one of the most important voices in independent music in the UK right now”
Following an explosive introduction to 2016 with the weight of expectation weighed upon his broad shoulders, Jack Garratt kept his head down and let the music do all the talking for him. Alongside One Direction’s Zayn Malik’s debut record, Phase, is the fastest selling British debut album of the year, whilst Jack’s live performance goes continually from strength to strength. Having sold-out every headline show he’s ever played in the UK, won over ever expansive festival crowds the world over, and with his biggest UK run later this winter (sixteen shows, including two nights at Hammersmith Apollo), Jack Garratt has ridden the crest of all that hype his own way, and it’s paid off emphatically.
With his Reading and Leeds Festivals slots due at the end of this month, Jack returns with the ferocious Far Cry. It’s another jewel in the crown of Phase, and a telling example of the notion that Jack continues to confound rather than hit the button marked predictable. It’s a song that follows a structure very much of Jack Garratt’s own psych and that’s what makes his music sound continually fresh and exciting.
As this year’s BBC Sound Poll winner and the BRITs Critics Choice Award, it would perhaps be safe to presume Jack sounded exactly that, safe. Yet over the course of the year and throughout the journey of Phase, Jack twists and turns his music in directions that sound anything but safe, as arguably the most unpredictable and challenging winner of these contests, sonically, since their inauguration.
With another tour of the US for the rest of this year (it’s become Jack’s new home, currently living in Chicago when off-tour), and that big UK run in November, it will book-end a tremendous album campaign that has plenty of life left to breathe.
A fantastic British success story then, and a story that is still very much being told.