Jarvis Cocker Returns With Steve Albini-Produced LP
While there were many great bands and performances at last year’s Pitchfork Music Festival, there were only a few genuine stars in the classic sense of the word. Jarvis Cocker didn’t headline the fest, but he was definitely the biggest star; whether stalking the stage, engaging in witty banter, or breaking down into whiteboy James Brown convulsions, the former Pulp leader entertained like a bizarro Vegas vet.
The trip to our Chicago fest didn’t only result in an amazing set. While visiting the Windy City, Jarvis and his band holed up in Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio studio to test out a couple new songs. They liked the sound (and the price: “it was very cheap,” says Cocker in a statement), so the crew returned in January to record Further Complications, due out May 19 (May 18 in the UK) on Rough Trade.
Though Jarvis claims he hasn’t “gone rock,” hard-nosed studio rat Albini seems like a fitting choice for the album, considering the increasingly roughed-up tunes Cocker has been peddling since parting with Pulp. Don’t expect any of those We Love Life Scott Walker strings here. Do expect some songs he debuted on tour last year, like the incredible soul number “I Told You Twice (Leftovers)”, “Angela”, “Fuckingsong”, and the title track.
More track titles with priceless notes from Jarvis himself: “Slush” (“I guess that slush will be the ultimate outcome of global warming”), “Caucasian Blues” (“an attempt to understand the pain of a man whose Honda Goldwing has run out of petrol”), “I Never Said I Was Deep” (“the phrase that I would like carved on my tombstone”), “The Night They Let Me Out of the Home” (“portrays the difficulties of using public transport whilst on crutches”), and “Homewrecker!” (“an absolute racket featuring saxophone from Steve Mackey [he played on The Stooges’ ‘Funhouse’, you know]”). If there was a Grammy for song-explaining notes, Jarvis would win every time.
Apparently, all those songs won’t be on the final LP– the tracklist is still being sussed out. “Apparently” is also the title of another new song “about how you can be in love with someone without realising it.” Is it me or does this sound like year-end material right here? No pressure!
Most importantly, Jarvis finally explains his recent abundance of facial hair: “I grew it to keep my face warm in the Arctic and then I kind of got attached to it. (The amount of grey in it horrified me at first but now I think it acts as a handy reminder of my own mortality.)” No Just for Men for this man.
Jarvis is taking his show on the road all over Europe this summer. He probably won’t play any Pulp songs, so stop asking:
05-29 Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Sound Festival
05-31 Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
06-02 Hamburg, Germany – Fabrik
06-03 Luxembourg, Luxembourg – Rockhal
06-04 Paris, France – Bataclan
06-06 Brussels, Belgium – Ancienne Belgique
06-07 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
06-10 Blackpool, England – Empress Ballroom
06-12 Glasgow, Scotland – ABC
06-16 Brighton, England – Brighton Dome
06-17 London, England – Troxy