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The Same But By Different Means

by Yves Jarvis

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Stoking the fire Keeping it going Cracking and roaring Telling a story Singing don’t worry Well to say that is easy Much too easy
The plight comes and rears its head Now I’m gonna have to deal
Sugar Coated 02:24
Break it down to me sweetly, sweetie I need it sugar coated I’m just too sensitive One at a time You’re lifting both of your feet To the pace of this beat The rules have been changed Throw your ways away Now break it down to me Break it down to me sweet I guess I must sound just like a broken record Well, I don’t feel heard Now I gave it some time I gave it some thought I need to move on
Nothing New 01:38
These things are so hard to find when you’re working all day and then the well runs dry There’s nothing new There’s nothing new There’s nothing new Clarity, peace of mind comes at dawn but by night it’s gone There it goes
Constant change Constant change Constant change
That song in the wind Just slamming on the brick It carries a certain familiar tune, ‘Mm mm’ Got it out of the blue and into both hands Then comes the truth just spilling out
I just don’t know when I realized it occured to me I trust you I just don’t know if you realize that you’re hurting me I lament the days No time for these winding roads No, we’re moving forward Into the forefront These circumstances that we’re going through lately I feel like I’m too emotional Maybe blurred a line that now has been removed Make me feel blue blue blue blue blue Through and through again Moonlight like a knife cuts again Time is a circle We’re in the middle Subject to a single degree
360 01:38
Three-hundred-sixty degrees All the way around the country Gone for so long So glad to be home Three-hundred-sixty degrees Back where I began eventually Gone for so long So glad to be home Which side of this valley? 360 Forward, O Yeah! Forward, O my God! 360
Forward 00:44
Curtain of rain came and went like a tumbleweed No, I can’t explain this curtain of rain
Beautiful cherry tree shading me was dangling in front of me precariously Blessed fruit from the heavens? Or is it fruit from below? Deep blue, let me know It’s hard to say bye So hard to say bye It’s the hardest thing to say bye
Bright and early It still weighs so heavy on me Still unfurling Ever unfurling Not going to find it in the branches or the roots Or passing fiction off for truth Guess the fruit of disillusion is in season But if it’s not thought through Take a moment or two and just try to gauge this constant change
Society has set that tone but that don’t make it so Despite how it appears to you, that don’t make it true
On the smoldering horizon The ash sure had settled by then You could smell it in the wind Just hadn’t arrived yet Another mother mourning the child is dead Just minding their own business At the helm are the pigs
Two things thats here to stay: Time and place
Blue V 02:20
Ain’t no silence in this city Yes, it’s been that way for a while No friends bend to pretend to reason those rhymes on paper Just until it starts to feel like it’s time to get on Or It’s time to get out So let’s talk about it To hell with the rules Ain’t no shock left in this city But stimulation left and right Goodbye reason Goodbye rhyme Let me drink my deep red wine Whine, whine in the mic all night It’ll be alright
What’s true of most things? I don’t know, so I’m asking Where to go when one’s casting their line? Those are questions of mine What time in the first place? I’ve been kicking around about two decades I’ve gotten used to the sound of those sweet cicada songs I couldn’t tell you which ones So which tune comes to mind now? When you wake or when you wind down Sure, the flame wanes but it won’t go right out until The plight gets its fill So from which place are you coming? You can’t keep it real if you come in judging You can’t take the wheel just to prove something You’ll see That’s no way to be It’s understood that one needs patience To overcome these constant changes Act like a weed You’re so invasive and wild That’s hard to reconcile How, why am I wishing? when it’s so, so unforgiving Where is what I’m missing? And which way there is it talking or listening?
Glory to You 00:44
Exercise E 03:01
The Truth 08:14
[Incomprehensible spoken word]


Yves Jarvis is a clean slate, a recasting of Montreal-based musician Jean-Sebastian Audet. Audet previously created under the name Un Blonde, a name which he says was, at one point, all he wanted.

But of course, things change. “Now I’m at a place where I feel like when I hear it, I don’t like it because I don’t identify with it at all,” he continues. “I knew I needed something that I could identify with.” Each aspect of Audet’s work is immensely personal, and Yves Jarvis reflects this literally. Yves is Audet’s middle name, while Jarvis is his mother’s last name.

He is thrilled to announce his new album The Same But By Different Means, to be released on March 1 via ANTI- Records and Flemish Eye Records in Canada.

Each of Yves’s albums is informed and driven by a colour; it is both a visual and thematic palette that reflects and refracts intentions. Un Blonde’s 2017 album Good Will Come To You was yellow, which Audet cites as his favourite colour. It is, for him, the colour of the daytime. Blue, the colour of The Same But By Different Means, is less endearing.

“Blue is more so the colour that I think is imposed on me,” he remarks quietly. “Where the last record was the joy of the morning, and optimism, this record is the pain of the night before sleep. I find it so painful before sleep, and this midnight blue is what this whole world is. The night is just completely imposed and weighing so heavily and this is a much more difficult realm to walk around in, texturally.”

But with The Same But By Different Means Audet 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. Good Will Come To You was celebrated universally for the things that make Audet’s 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.

These same qualities are present across The Same But By Different Means, a record that builds a delightful, imaginative framework from which to explore what it means to be Yves Jarvis. Songs on the record range from 14 seconds long to over eight minutes. 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.”


released March 1, 2019


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