After a successful run of SXSW performances and tour dates with Homeshake, Montreal autodidact Yves Jarvis is excited to announce a series of April tour dates with New Zealand singer-songwriter Aldous Harding - their first show will take place at Brooklyn, NY’s Rough Trade and all upcoming dates are listed below.
Jarvis just released his critically acclaimed album The Same But By Different Means on March 1; on this album he continues to create music that is at once warm, haunting, and unfamiliar while remaining singularly inviting and kind—a mélange that reflects both comfort and its counterpart. Under his previous moniker Un Blonde, Jarvis’s 2017 LP Good Will Come To You was celebrated universally for those things that make his work compelling: careful folk noir, tender R&B flourishes, pillowy vocal beds that somehow seem to neither begin nor end, and a punkish ambivalence towards saccharine melodics that traditionally dominate the previous three structures.
Asked for a message he hopes his listeners receive, Jarvis simply says, “I really have to ask: talking or listening? That’s all I want to ask with anything I do now, I think. It’s this spectrum and it’s this dichotomy that I’m interested in exploring. Both sides of everything, and everything in between.” Watch the music video for the song “Talking or Listening?” HERE.
The Same But By Different Means is a record that builds a delightful, imaginative framework from which to explore what it means to be Yves Jarvis. Jarvis not only painted the self-portrait that is the album’s cover but he also personally played all 10+ instruments that are heard on the album. Songs on the record range from 14 seconds long to over eight minutes and the record’s title is itself a step further: with each new project, Audet adds a word to the title. “This year is my transition into Yves Jarvis where I’m not only widening the scope, but deepening the picture altogether.”
4/8 – Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade^
4/9 – Washington DC – DC9 Nightclub^
4/10 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
4/11 – Kingston, NY – BSP Kingston^
4/12 – Toronto, Canada – The Baby G
4/13 – Guelph, Canada – Kazoo! Fest
4/14 – Chicago, IL – The Empty Bottle^
4/15 – St. Paul, MN – Turf Club^
4/18 – Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern^
4/19 – Portland, OR – Polaris Hall^
4/22 – San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Shop^
4/24 – Los Angeles, CA – Zebulon^
^ with Aldous Harding
More Praise for ‘The Same But By Different Means’:
“Un Blonde changed his name, but he’s still a magical mood conductor.” – The Fader
“The track begins as a gentle drone with feedback woven in, offers a spoke-sung verse that suddenly sprouts harmonies and wanders off to an unsteady beat. It’s a rumination on “constant change” that’s secure in its own fragility.” – Jon Pareles of The New York Times on “Fruits of Disillusion”
“To plainly call it a singer-songwriter record would be reductive; 22-year-old Jean-Sebastian Audet moves freely between genres, dabbling in everything from D’Angelo-esque funk jams to whispery field-recording-folk and ambient balladry without missing a beat.” - Pitchfork
“‘The Same But By Different Means’ is a quietly soaring album, managing to be as playful and exploratory as Robert Wyatt or Brian Eno while retaining the same heavy-browed, inward-looking songwriting perspective of Frank Ocean or Joni Mitchell.” - All Music
“Whether you’re partial to Sufjan Stevens or Frank Ocean, this curious album from the Montreal youngster will likely mesmerize and bewilder you at the same time with his iconoclastic vision and flawless delivery.” – Take Effect
“Despite the darkness that encases the album, the video for “Talking or Listening” is dappled in morning sunlight as the camera grants the viewer intimate access into Jarvis' world. It’s warm and inviting, and as the buzz of cicadas fills the air, Yves begins to shift into his new life cycle.” – Line of Best Fit