Prism Tats – the result of Garrett van der Spek’s move from South Africa to Seattle – is proof that every one should do just that. Move to Seattle, create a musical persona, and make a fantastic album: easy, right?
Perhaps not, but van der Spek has pulled it off and his self-titled debut is an ode to the hard work it took to get there, and to his unique talent. Despite his South African origins, it seems that being stateside has rubbed off on him, the debut combining Seattle-influenced, grungy lo-fi garage with a sort of sunny warmth that harks back to his home.
Between the sunniness of recent single ‘Death Or Fame’ and the eerie instrumental ‘Make The Most Of The Weekend’, Prism Tats strays seamlessly from emotion to emotion. Like a particularly suave chameleon, van der Spek can go from essentially no vocals, to energetic strength, to gentle, borderline lullaby-esque tones.
Anyone who can pull off a debut this seemingly effortless but ultimately fantastic creation should be at the top of every ‘ones to watch’ list. Prism Tats will no doubt be providing the soundtrack to summer.
The eponymous debut album from Prism Tats is out 15 April.