Back in November, synthy loop-operator Jack Garratt was about to perform one of the biggest shows of his career thus far at Shepherds Bush Empire in London. “With every milestone that I’ve come across,” he told NME, “there’s always been a little note at the bottom that’s said, ‘don’t worry, there’s another milestone coming up’. At the end of 2015 there’s a massive one that’s like ‘well done man but you’ve got next year to do, so don’t get comfortable.’”
Since then he’s been awarded the Brit Awards’ Critics’ Choice Award, come out as favourite in the BBC Sound of 2016 poll, and in two weeks time, on February 19, will release his debut album ‘Phase’. We caught up with him to get his take on the album, and he talked us through the album track-by-track. In the above video, which covers the first seven of the album’s twelve tracks, Garratt begins by talking us through opener Coalesce (Synesthesia Pt. II), the second of a three-song suite that began with 2015’s ‘Synesthesia Pt. 1’ from Garratt’s ‘Synesthesiac’ EP. It’s based on a trippy neurological condition that makes people’s senses do weird things like hear colours and taste sounds – and that could set the tone for the rest of the record.