Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Must listen: Jack Garratt - Weathered

What would happen if someone took the heart-on-sleeve-and-hands-on-guitar template of James Bay and Kodaline and made it interesting?

Well, one person is attempting to find out and that person is Jack Garratt. The London-based multi-instrumentalist, singer, and beard-owner has just released a new single, called Weathered, that begins like a billion other borefest ballads before exploding like party popper in a Moog factory.

It's strange and brilliant and embedded below.

Jack Garratt - Weathered

Dig a little deeper and you'll discover Jack is a multi-trick pony. Self-taught and a quick learner, he's dabbled in everything from dubstep to piano balladry to minimal electronica and this noodly guitar workout.

Born in Little Chalfont, Buckinghamshire, he first started writing music during lunch break at school, when he was just 12 years old.

The first song he ever wrote got him a place in the finals for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, and he can play everything from trombone to mandolin, the clever bastard.

Jack's debut album is out next year - but you can hear the work in progress at Latitude and Reading & Leeds, before he heads out on a solo tour this autumn.

In the meantime, here are some of his ealier tracks.

Jack Garratt - The Love You're Given

Jack Garratt - Worry

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