Garrett, it’s said, came from the inside of his own mind. That’s according to his Amsterdam-based label Music From Memory, which is known for unearthing and repressing the finest lost synth gems. Is Garrett one of those forgotten, prolific producers?" /> L.A. Record

GARRETT: PRIVATE LIFE

July 28th, 2017 | Album reviews

GARRETT
Private Life
Music From Memory

Garrett, it’s said, came from the inside of his own mind. That’s according to his Amsterdam-based label Music From Memory, which is known for unearthing and repressing the finest lost synth gems. Is Garrett one of those forgotten, prolific producers? Well, sort of. Garrett is probably—as in very strongly rumored to be—adolescent-funkster-to-boogie-legend Dâm-Funk, whose middle name is also Garrett. It’s assumed by fans so far that this is in fact something more like “Dâm-Funk’s Private Life,” a record that’s exploratory and hypnotic and yet, of course, still funky. “Apocalyptic Sunrise” races forward on what sort of sounds like cult-classic German duo Software’s computer chirps set in rapid motion. Beneath that quick pulse, synths rise and fall in warm swells. “Slow Motion” is just that, a prolific piece of spacey bedroom boogie that echoes Napoleon Cherry before it launches into energetic synth solos. The surprise stunner is “Angel Reflections,” a 12-minute ascent into a swirling, ambient stream of synths that’s something like the electronic equivalent of spiritual jazz. “Home” bounces with a more familiar Dâm-Funk-ian boogie before giving way to the percussive and final “The End Theme.” Garrett’s Private Life is a rich one, deep and varied and worthy. And if you listen to it, you’ll understand his secrets.

– Miles Clements