2016 has started as hectically and intensely as 2015 closed for British artist-Â""' producer, Jack Garratt. Much has been made of the clutch of awards foisted upon him as 2015 turned into 2016 (BBC Introducing's Artist of the Year, BBC Sound of 2016 Winner, and the BRITs Critics Choice 2016 winner), but music has never been about competition, and this skilled young creator of adventurous leftfield pop has since allowed the music to do all the talking for him.
Jack's debut album, Phase, was released in February to widespread acclaim and shot straight to 3 in the UK album chart (featuring key singles Worry, Weathered, Breathe Life, and Surprise Yourself). It was a telling recognition of the hard-Â""'work and determination Jack had poured into his record. Self-Â""'produced, self-Â""'written, and entirely performed by he alone, it's a record that defies easy categorisation and acts as a very fine advert for Jack's riveting live show that has already transformed from incredibly impressive to a must-Â""'see this Summer.
And for the rest of 2016, it's fair to say you'll find Jack back out on the road, mapping the next chapter of his career out on the highways and back-Â""'roads of America, the UK and Europe. Performing alone, the energy and atmosphere of a Jack Garratt live show remains in a league of its own despite its supposed limitations, and as he sets his sights on two capacity nights at London's Hammersmith Apollo later on this year, there's the small aside of the Summer festival fields to bring onside, and onside they will be.
A little over eighteen months in, and it's a fascinating story that has already been told about Jack Garratt, but you sense we've barely turned the pages of the opening chapters. The best is undoubtedly yet to come.