the Gemini twin, both an inverse reflection of self and a passenger on the very same life journey. So Private Life II, then, is that second side of Garrett." /> L.A. Record

GARRETT: PRIVATE LIFE II

November 25th, 2018 | Album reviews

GARRETT
Private Life II
Glydezone/Music From Memory

When Garrett’s Private Life appeared, its secret couldn’t be stopped from spilling out: soon, it became known that Garrett is in fact the one and only Dâm-Funk. It shouldn’t have been a surprise—Dâm has always explored the idea of duality, especially the concept of the Gemini twin, both an inverse reflection of self and a passenger on the very same life journey. So Private Life II, then, is that second side of Garrett. “Gotta Get Thru It” drops into a quiet, percolating beat, with synths sweeping by like planes through a sunset sky. “Awaiting The Light” is the album’s first-half star, a meditative expanse of synths that radiates outward until it all collapses in on itself. Where Private Life’s tracks tend to have more drive, Private Life II is a dispatch from beyond, a place less about the destination than it is about the voyage itself. Often that means crests of ambient synths that ebb and flow over several minutes. “Conflicted Lovers” builds and builds just that way, eventually erupting from a rising series of beeps and boops into an emotive extended synth solo that is unmistakably Dâm-Funk.

—Miles Clements