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JARV IS... return with new single "Save The Whale"

11 June 2020, 11:36 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

JARV IS... are back with "Save The Whale", the third single to be lifted from their forthcoming debut album Beyond the Pale.

The new single arrives after previous tracks "House Music All Night Long" and "Must I Evolve?", and arrives with a video created by Jarvis Cocker during lockdown.

Cocker says of the new track, "The title popped into my head as I was leaving the cinema after having seen Nick Broomfield’s Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love documentary. The "Smooth World, Wrinkly World" section came from a childhood memory of being ill: I would hear the murmuring of a large crowd accompanied by a visual image of a line-drawing (rather like a Patrick Caulfield painting, I’ve since realised) in which all the objects switched rapidly between being smooth & bulbous & then thin & wrinkly. It used to absolutely terrify me. Weirdly enough, Jason (our electronics wizard) said he had a similar childhood experience except he used to see a teapot surrounded by psychedelic outlines of itself. Emma (our violinist & backing vocalist) found herself singing “Smooth World, Wrinkly World” as a lullaby to her 18 month-old daughter the other night. Pass it on."

JARV IS... is made up of Jarvis Cocker, Serafina Steer (harp, keyboards, vocals), Emma Smith (violin, guitar vocals), Andrew McKinney (bass, vocals), Jason Buckle (synthesiser & electronic treatments), and Adam Betts (drums, percussion, vocals).

Beyond the Pale will be the first album of new Cocker songs in over a decade, after 2009's Further Complications.

The album was mixed by Craig Silvey at Toast Studios in West London, Overdubs and vocals were recorded at Narcissus Studios in Neasden, London.

"Save The Whale" is out now. JARV IS... will release their Beyond the Pale LP on 17 July via Rough Trade, and it's available to pre-order now.
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