See: The trippy CGI video for Lightman Jarvis Ecstatic Band’s ‘Elastic Band’: Yves Jarvis and Tasseomancy’s Romy making free and wonkily beautiful music

Romy Lightman (left) and Yves Jarvis of the Lightman Jarvis Ecstatic Band, photographed by Jeff Bierk

THEY SOUND like they should be some great lost Moog-psych outfit from ’69, and weird and wonderful is definitely a touchstone for the Lightman Jarvis Ecstatic Band, be sure.

It’s the musical mind-melding of Yves Jarvis, whose album from last autumn, Sundry Rock Song Stock, was a really clever and rather ace melange of political teeth-baring, lighter-than-air folk songcraft and soulful melody, playful, oddball and the right amount of weird; and Romy Lightman, elsewhere part of sororal psych-folk explorers Tasseomancy.

Put the two together and what do we get? Well, if first single, “Elastic Band” is a touchstone, it’s gonna be music to prick up jaded ears; ideas tumbling forth from both in fusion, vocals knotting together in a breathy, mushroomy delirium, fuzz guitars caressing, a bass line that mazes and cycles and clicks, seeming to touch on Prince, Devendra Banhart, Pierre Henry, kicking them all forward into a new place. And yep, the accompanying video is pretty trippy too, as you can see for yourself below.

The album continues the homophonic play of the single – it’s called Banned, and it will be with us via ANTI- on June 25th.

It was recorded in the tranquil environment of the Tree Museum, an outdoor art gallery in rural Ontario – thus following the creative setting for Yves’ Sundry Rock Song Stock, also recorded out in verdant surroundings. Banned was put together over the course of a fortnight in a free-flowing stream of improvisation; go wild in the country, indeed.

We’re told that it is actually about letting your hair down, being free, reclaiming a little of that late-Sixties countercultural optimism; 15 songs obliquely and collectively celebrating naturalism, openness, and sexual liberation.

“There are archetypes associated with love and togetherness,” says Romi. “Then there’s a deeper way of being that sometimes isn’t documented. Our Ecstatic Band genuinely expresses that.

“It’s not only about a genre resonating and what came about musically – it’s about our love in collaboration with wind, trillium, plague days, moss and Precambrian rock.”

Lightman Jarvis Ecstatic Band’s Banned will be released by ANTI- digitally, on CD and on vinyl on June 25th; you can place your order here.

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