A few years ago, former Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker started performing shows under the stylized name JARV IS…, with a consistent cast of musicians that included Serafina Steer, Emma Smith, Adam McKinney, Jason Buckle, and Adam Betts. Last year, Cocker released the project’s first proper song, “Must I Evolve?,” and today he’s announcing their debut full-length album. It’s the first album’s worth of original music from Cocker in 11 years, since 2009’s Further Complications.
The debut JARV IS… album is called Beyond The Pale. It’ll feature the previously released “Must I Evolve?” and the new song he’s releasing today, “House Music All Night Long,” is an expansive six minutes of dancey placidity. A press release says that Cocker conceived of the band as a way to write songs in reaction to an audience, hence all those shows leading up to their debut album.
Listen to “House Music All Night Long” below.
01 “Save The Whale”
02 “Must I Evolve?”
03 “Am I Missing Something?”
04 “House Music All Night Long”
05 “Sometimes I Am Pharaoh”
06 “Swanky Modes”
07 “Children Of The Echo”
05/01 London @ Rough Trade East In-store
05/02 Bristol @ Marble Factory
05/03 Birmingham @ 02 Institute
05/05 Manchester @ Albert Hall
05/06 Glasgow @ Barrowlands
05/08 Liverpool @ Invisible Wind Factory
05/09 London @ Roundhouse
05/14 Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere (Early Show)
05/14 Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere (Late Show)
Beyond The Pale is out 5/1 via Rough Trade Records.