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Jack Garratt – “Water”

28 Apr

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Back in February Jack Garratt and his magnificent beard stepped out into the world and melted the hearts of almost everyone they encountered with the muted, icy and anguish laden electronic of “I Couldn’t Want You Anyway”. This month both Jack and his beard (we only mentioned because we are jealous of its glory) have returned with the equally downtempo but very different “Water”.

Where “I Couldn’t Want You Anyway” was all languid and melty, “Water” is filled with a subtle urgency, the beat ripples out as the guitar lines scatter like pebbles thrown onto a lake. A scattergun of light undulating sounds peppers your ears as Jack’s soft, hushed vocals whisper delicately above it all. While understated electronic R&B elements urge and compel, it’s not overbearing but nor is it empty or underwhelming.

Here Jacks voice is soulful and rich, where previously it was pained and sorrowful, now it is fraught and almost desperate sounding. The whole thing is more freyed, more rough around the edges and while less heartmeltingy than “I Couldn’t Want You Anyway”, you are still likely to fall for its pop laden, R&B sensibility and subtle drama.


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Jack Garratt – “I Couldn’t Want You Anyway”

11 Feb

Jack Garratt

As this is his debut release, we’re not sure if we are supposed to mention Jack Garratt‘s past life or not. It’s possible that he, like many others these days, has chosen to re-start the musical clock and forgo his previous efforts. Yet, he hasn’t changed his name so some quick googling will bring it all up anyway, so maybe he isn’t pretending to be someone completely new and doesn’t mind people delving into his past.

Much like bickering on the Death Star, this speculating is pointless. Especially as it detracts from the glacial beauty of his new music, “I Couldn’t Want You Anyway”, which opens with a mournful piano to accompany an autopsy of a relationship.

His falsetto vocals are cold and pained, poisoned with the deception he is deluding himself with; that he didn’t want her anyway. Soft, muted R&B tones blend with sharp electronic beats in order to disguise the cause of death as melodic icy fingers of rejection rest, still clamped round a warm heart, choking the last vestiges of life from it. Tears and realisation fall from within as that haunting vocal finally cracks and allows the truth to flow and his heart is given peace.


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