Jarv Is... (Jarvis Cocker) Beyond The Pale

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17th July 2020

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It’s time! JARV IS Beyond The Pale is out now. Super excited to spend some time with Beyond The Pale. Initial reaction: YES!!!!!

Stephen: “On reflection one of the main things I’ve taken from this record is a sense of perspective about time and where we are in it. It’s a brilliant, complex record that brings together so many Jarvis elements – inquisitiveness, microscoping, pop flash, humility, totality. But it’s not just about Jarvis, it’s a brilliant collective effort from a sterling group, one of the best things I heard in 2020.”

JARV IS… a band featuring Jarvis Cocker (vocals, guitar, percussion), Serafina Steer (harp, keyboards, vocals), Emma Smith (violin, guitar vocals), Andrew McKinney (bass, vocals), Jason Buckle (synthesiser & electronic treatments) & Adam Betts (drums, percussion, vocals).

JARV IS… was conceived as a way of writing songs in collaboration with an audience. As the material they were playing was in a state of flux the band decided to record their live shows so that they could monitor how the songs were developing. After an appearance at the Desert Daze festival in California, Geoff Barrow (Portishead, Beak>) suggested that these recordings could be used as the basis for an album. Overdubs & vocals were added at Narcissus Studios in Neasden, London. Post-production work took place at Jason Buckle’s Place du Big Boss studio in Raynes Park, London. The album was mixed by Craig Silvey at Toast Studios in West London.

The first single from the album “Must I Evolve?” was released in May 2019 & appeared in many “Top 10 Tracks of the Year” lists.

JARV IS… an ongoing live experience because life is an ongoing live experience.

Or, to put it another way: