Jack of diamonds
connection with the songs, his relatively newfound love of electronic music is much more becoming of him. Phase is a striking debut album, using melody and rhythm in a creative manner that brings something new to the genre, instead of tired re-hashes of the same song 12 times. Opener Coalesce sets out his stall with an otherworldly glitter and grime rotation; Far Cry puts his soulful falsetto to tender use before imploding in a haze of zooming club beats, while the layered harmonies of I Know All What I Do sounds like a folk standard, deconstructed and pieced back together via a horror film soundtrack.
Indeed, many of Garratt’s songs sound like sketches drawn from other genres – soul, pop, and on standout track Weathered, even choral hymns – but for the most part, they are clean segues. True, his often lovelorn lyrics (“If you won’t take the love you’re given, then at least let me go”) tip into ‘maudlin’ and ‘self-pitying’ on occasion, but with so much going on musically, it’s a minor offence. Garratt may yet turn out to be flavour of the month, but he is firing and pinging on all cylinders for his debut album.