Jarvis Cocker's announcement he was teasing came this morning and...it's not a record (yet), it's not a memoir, it's a UK tour. He announced via his Instagram, with another "Jarv Is..." video but this time giving some clues before dropping the tour dates:
a way of looking at the world
stands for something
louder than you might expect
two women and three men
up close and personal
a rave in a cave
the next best thing
a work in progress
ancient and modern at the same time
a live experience with no barriers
...and will always be
It's probably best if you come along and see for yourself.
A press release says "most of the songs are new but some will be familiar," which sounds like a new album could be sooner than later, and it will indeed be "two women and three men" with Jarvis' band including Serafina Steer (who Jarvis has produced) on harp and keyboards, Emma Smith on violin, Andrew McKinney on bass, and Adam Betts (Three Trapped Tigers) on drums. As for "rave in a cave clue," the last two shows of the tour happen at Peak Cavern in Castleton which is near Jarvis' hometown of Sheffield.
Jarvis Cocker's last proper solo album was 2009's Further Complications. All dates are listed below.
Jarvis Cocker - 2018 UK Tour
26th March – Brighton, Patterns
27th March – London, Moth Club
28th March – Ramsgate Music Hall
3rd April – Manchester, Deaf Institute
4th April – Liverpool, Williamson’s Tunnels
6th April – Castleton (near Sheffield), Peak Cavern
7th April – Castleton (near Sheffield), Peak Cavern