In an interview with The Jumble, Belfast artist Garrett Laurie describes their music as genreless given their inspiration largely comes from fashion and film. This is never clearer than on their latest release ‘Mississippi Jesus’, a moody, rumbling and hard-to-classify number. Recorded in Start Together Studios with Ryan McGroarty of Beauty Sleep on co production duties, the track sits somewhere between crackling 80s nostalgia and dreamy bedroom pop.
Set in “the chapel of my mind”, religious references are littered throughout the song; Laurie explores the guilt around queer identity through layered instrumentation and 90s style beats. The pleading vocals and gloomy bass of ‘Mississippi Jesus’ recall The Cure’s dark production and Lana Del Rey’s introspective lyricism.
Following the release of debut EP Crying On Cue and follow-up Barbies With Betty Finn in 2020, Garrett Laurie is has made a unique impression on the local music scene and their cinematic approach to music makes them one to keep an eye out for.