Jack Garratt Gets Intimate in NYC, 5/28/2015

The insanely talented Jack Garratt played a perfect set at (le) poisson rouge in New York City last night, 5/28/2015. The performance was intimate and intense, with the multi-instrumentalist artist-producer standing alone before a crowd of enthusiastic and adoring fans. You may remember Garratt from our Today’s Song post about “Worry” earlier this year. Of the track, we noted, “It’s weird, complex and layered, but the deeper you listen, the easier it is to fall for this song.” It turns out to be even easier to fall for Jack Garratt these days: All you need to do is see him perform live.

Garratt’s charisma is electrifying, and the power he yields as a solo artist onstage is mesmerizing. The stage was barren, but for smattering of speakers and gear – yet even those were relatively few in number. Garratt’s utilization of the microphone, guitar, keyboard, pads and loops appeared to be second nature to the UK native, who released his Synesthesiac EP (Interscope), the followup to his debut and single “Worry,” earlier this year. He played an hour-long set consisting of songs from both EPs, admitting that he wished he could play all night, but didn’t have quite enough material.

The environment itself was energetic, light-hearted, and jovial. A diverse, supportive New York crowd came out to see Garratt, age 23, who played his first sold out show in the US at Brooklyn’s Baby’s All Right earlier this year. While the nature of his multi-instrumental performance limits Garratt’s physical breadth – this is no Guns N’ Roses concert – his expansive electro-soul-rock music fills the room. In truth, a Jack Garratt show is more about the experience of the music than it is purely about the music itself. Watching the young artist build each song from the ground up offers a special, behind-the-scenes glimpse into his role, as both an artist and a producer.

In this ever-expanding music world – one in which it can be difficult to distinguish true talent from the masses – Jack Garratt stands out as the highest quality of musician and entertainer. His songs are complex, his subject matter is deep, and his performances are moving. What more can we ask for?

Watch: “Surprise Yourself” – Jack Garratt

Jack Garratt

Listen: Synesthesiac (EP) – Jack Garratt

Listen: “Worry” – Jack Garratt

:: JACK GARRATT 2015 SUMMER DATES ::

May 28 – New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge
May 29 – Washington, DC – DC 9
May 30 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
May 31 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
June 1 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
August 4 – Philadelphia, PA – Milkboy
August 6 – Nashville, TN – The High Watt
August 7 – Chicago, IL – Schubas
August 8 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th St. Entry
August 11 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place*
August 12 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome*
August 15 – Vancouver, BC Biltmore Cabaret

*supporting Mumford & Sons

:: “Worry” – Jack Garratt ::

lyrics

My nights are broken up by the sounds of women I’ll never meet
And when my eyes are closed I can start to feel you staring at me
The right side of my bed has always left me feeling stuck in between (Oh, oh, oh, oh)
Everything I know and all the lies I tell myself so I can sleep.

Pick apart the pieces you left,
Don’t you worry about it, don’t you worry about it.
Try and give yourself some rest
And let me worry about it, let me worry about it.

You came around to say that you’ve been away, like I hadn’t known
As if I don’t wake up every single day not seeing you go,
As if this moon of ours only shines a half to make me feel whole
As if I haven’t felt your breath in every step I take when the wind blows.

Pick apart the pieces you left,
Don’t you worry about it, don’t you worry about it.
Try and give yourself some rest
And let me worry about it, let me worry about it.

Pick apart the pieces you left,
Don’t you worry about it, don’t you worry about it.
Try and give yourself some rest
And let me worry about it, let me worry about it.

(Oh, oh, oh, oh) (worry)

Pick apart the pieces you left,
Don’t you worry about it, don’t you worry about it.
Try and give yourself some rest
And let me worry about it, let me worry about it.

(Worry) (Worry)
(Worry) (Don’t you worry)

source

Watch: “Worry” (Live at the Future Festival 2015) – Jack Garratt

Synesthesiac EP – Jack Garratt

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Purchase Synesthesiac EP by Jack Garratt

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Mitch Mosk

Mitch is the Editor-in-Chief of Atwood Magazine and a 2014 graduate from Tufts University, where he pursued his passions of music and psychology. He currently works at Universal Music Group in New York City. In his off hours, Mitch may be found songwriting, wandering about one of New York's many neighborhoods, or writing an article on your next favorite artist for Atwood. Mitch's words of wisdom to fellow musicians and music lovers are thus: Keep your eyes open and never stop exploring. No matter where you go, what you do or who you are with, you can always learn something new and inspire something amazing. Say hi here: mitch[at]atwoodmagazine[dot]com