The Garnetts – Sarah (2021)

The product of Liverpool natives Ben Jones, Jacob Jones, Chris Cannon and Jacob Naylor, The Garnetts is a breath of fresh air in a stagnating rock music scene. Teetering on the cusp of funk, folk, rock and pop, the foursome has a penchant for moving melodies and engaging lyricism. Despite having only three songs to their name, the band is already making waves globally with coverage from A&R Factory, The Bops Collective, BBC Introducing and various UK radio stations. Not only that, but they have performed at notable venues like the O2 Academy Liverpool and Studio2, Parr Street. The latest addition to their well-received repertoire is the single ‘Sarah’.

What I enjoy about The Garnetts is their versatility and innovativeness as artists. While they are known for a signature funk meets rock style, the foursome seems to evolve with each single released. Following the critically acclaimed ‘This Dance’, ‘Sarah’ has a softer, smoother and more sophisticated sound as compared to the former songs. Combining powerful guitars with a steady drumline, ‘Sarah’ plunges you into a kaleidoscopic swirl of sound. Add the intimate lyricism and you have a song that is soul-stirring and breathtaking.

With similarities to The Steve Miller Band and Creedance Clearwater Revival, The Garnetts are influenced by the intensity of 70s and 80s rock. This is particularly evident in the soaring guitar solo in ‘Sarah’ building up to catchy choruses and infectious riffs. Yet, the group does not remain in the past bringing through twinges of 3 Days Down, The Goo Goo Dolls and Matchbox Twenty. It is this injection of youthful whimsy that makes the track engaging for younger audiences…while still retaining the maturity of seasoned musicians.

Touching on elements of romance, desire, paranoia and inner turmoil, ‘Sarah’ has a nostalgic melancholy to the insightful lyricism. A distinct vocal gruffness is heard in ‘This Dance’ and ‘New Love’, but the change in singer for ‘Sarah’ seems to enhance the poignancy of the track. The first appearance of the younger Jones brother on vocals, ‘Sarah’ has a far more heart-piercing quality as the dulcet tones represent feelings of fear, dismay, desperation and pain. While softer than his brother, the bold vocals add robustness to the tune with a lingering sense of haunting. I can’t wait for more from the group!

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