A criticism I levelled at Jack Garratt’s show at The Great Escape, was one of showboating. The bearded musician was an able multi-tasker playing synth, drums, guitar and singing nearly all at once, which gave his music a scattered and skittery feel.
There are no such problems with Garratt’s new single ‘Weathered’, which wisely sticks to being as anthemic as possible. There are no big production crescendos, just a song built on a simple guitar and drum beat. What we might get in replacement is a song that is actually sounds like something Mumford and Sons could write.
Garratt is English and his voice has a similar cadence so that might explain it, but it’s hard to imagine Marcus Mumford writing a song that has so much nuanced sonic pleasantness in its three and a half minutes, particularly when the rush of synths and gospel-style backing vocals lift up the song on a high towards the end.
Garratt plays Electric Picnic in September.
Niall Byrne is the founder of the most-influential Irish music site Nialler9, where he has been writing about music since 2005 . He is the cohost of the Nialler9 Podcast and has written for the Irish Times, Irish Independent, Cara Magazine, Sunday Times, Totally Dublin, Red Bull and more. Niall is a DJ, founder of Lumo Club, event curator and producer of gigs, parties & events.