Jack of di­a­monds

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - LAU­REN MUR­PHY

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.

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