On the 27th of May Jarvis Cocker released his first collection of new songs since his second solo album; Further Complications in 2009. The new EP by the Pulp front man gives insight to a new (or maybe even old if you compare it to Pulp’s 1983 debut; It) style of music for Cocker, that of which is folk. First of all; this EP stands as the soundtrack to the new Neil Gaiman television serial Likely Stories. The EP itself consists of 4 tracks, starting with the single Themes from ‘Likely Stories’ released individually a week before hand. This track winds up the main riff which would continue throughout the EP and has Cocker narrating over sweeping music and a steady drum beat, the lyrics simultaneously creating a nonsense poetic environment. This track is clearly a theme as the title incites, something for the beginning credits; with slightly melodic backing vocals heavily implemented on the track. This is followed by the shorter; Foraging, which is made up of a flute and piano part with an eerie string ensemble playing faintly behind it all, creating a haunting atmosphere; this is all the while as Jarvis lists several items and ending it by whispering the last few, a fairly basic track which I feel isn’t something to write home about, but then again shows how it’s ultimately a part of a soundtrack.
The third track; Looking For The Girl, is much more folk orientated. Beginning with a kind classical guitar; gently plucking the themed riff conjoined with Jarvis’ delicate and distinctive voice singing and speaking about photographing women and the artist significance of photographs in terms of one’s sexual satisfaction ‘photographs don’t argue, photographs don’t get old, photographs do as they are told’.
The music and folk like feel to this track really makes it stand out from the rest of the EP, with musical effects reminiscent of early Pulp songs.
The final track transfers the main theme riff to a glockenspiel making it much more prominent, clear and even giving a more innocent/childish feel. Poor Babes In The Woods finishes off the EP gloomily. It features Jarvis telling the story of three children lost in the woods with a quiet collection of kids playing outside in amongst the instrumentation of the track. It’s a quiet and subtle end to the EP.
My overall thoughts are ones of; interest to how Jarvis has provided this dark, almost Grimm brother-esque style of music to supplement this soundtrack, which came seemingly out of the blue.
However, it is unfortunately short, being only 13 minutes in total. Ultimately it’s nice to hear new and original work from Jarvis for the first time in 7 years.
If you enjoy listening to Jarvis, Pulp or Eerie Indie Folk, it is definitely worthwhile giving this EP quarter of an hour of your time.