Release Date: Sep 25, 2020
Record label: Epitaph
On his second album, 2019's The Same But by Different Means, Montreal producer/solo artist Yves Jarvis created a beautiful patchwork of impressionistic fragments that blurred together into a sustained mood. Cobbling together experiments with bleary, early-morning R&B songs, experimental tape manipulation, and lonely singer/songwriter fare, Jarvis (real name Jean-Sebastian Audet) followed no discernible stylistic guidelines, but glued his musical puzzle pieces together with an overarching reflective emotional tone. This sonic design based on color theory continues with third album Sundry Rock Song Stock, trading in the thoughtful, solitary blue qualities of The Same But by Different Means for a lively, organic lushness represented by the green hues of the cover art.
Across Sundry Rock Song Stock, Yves Jarvis' voice rarely if ever appears alone. The 23-year-old psych-pop auteur almost always layers his vocal takes, appearing in double, triple, sextuple, nonuple, it's hard to say. These are not immaculate choir-of-one harmonies in the mold of Brian Wilson, but slurry, unpredictable masses, drifting in and out of verbal intelligibility and strict meter, clinging like kudzu to the trunks and branches of the songs they populate.