Jack Garratt has returned, with his first new music in four years.
The singer, who essentially disappeared after his 2016 debut album Phase, has dropped not one but three new songs. He is releasing a new album called Love, Death & Dancing on May 29 via Island Records, and to make up for his absence, he has released Vol. 1 as a three-track package, led by lead single "Time," as well as new songs "Mara" and "Return Them to the One."
According to the singer, he nearly quit music after his first album, as a result of the swelling pressure and criticism following his success. Premiering the new music Wednesday on Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 show, he explained winning many of the same accolades as Adele and Sam Smith made him feel uncomfortable and unworthy of being lumped in with big stars, further boosting his anxiety and self-hatred.
In the interview with the BBC, Garratt also said he spent a year recorded an entire new album and then scrapped it. "It was trash. It was awful. It was all bad," he said. "I wasn't willing to accept myself in that moment, so I wasn't willing to have a good idea."
Speaking about the new record, he says simply: "I wrote this album as someone—and for anyone—who likes dancing but doesn’t necessarily want to go out on a Saturday. It’s dance music for people who don’t want to go out."
Hear the new songs and watch the newly released video for "Time" below.