Jarvis Cocker will release Beyond the Pale, the first album from his new band, JARV IS..., on July 17. (It was supposed to be out in May, got pushed to September due to the pandemic but they thankfully decided to release it earlier.) The opening track on the album is "Save the Whale," which has some strong Leonard Cohen vibes which turn out to have actually figured into the song.

“The title popped into my head as I was leaving the cinema after having seen Nick Broomfield’s 'Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love' documentary," says Jarvis. "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 realized) 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.”

The video for the song uses photos from JARV IS... shows from the last two years and tells the origin story of the band. Watch that below.

JARV IS...are still planning to tour the UK in November. We shall see. They were supposed to play NYC in May for the album's release; those shows didn't happen and no word on new North American dates yet. The UK dates are listed below.

If you're looking for something related to watch till the JARV IS... album is out, documentary Pulp: A Film About Life, Death and Supermarkets is one of our picks for Britpop and Alt-Rock Documentaries to Stream Right Now.

Sun-Nov-22 Birmingham, O2 Institute
Mon-Nov-23 Manchester, Albert Hall
Wed-Nov-25 Glasgow, Barrowlands
Fri-Nov-27 Liverpool, Invisible Wind Factory
Sat-Nov-28 Bristol, Marble Factory
Mon-Nov-30 London, The Roundhouse

More From Brooklyn Vegan