Once in a while, the internet delivers something really special - someone close by, who you may not have had the chance to encounter otherwise, and yet whose work profoundly touches you. It's the kind of 'connection' loudly bolstered by marketing campaigns, and yet largely absent from our realities. Last November, Will Jarvis released his first solo project, Quiet Entropy. The soulful, jazzy and futuristic pop EP landed on our desk at Field HQ and within a few listens, we recognized the outline of a signature. Something was happening in this record, and we had had the chance - by pure luck and coincidence - to stumble upon someone whose name, we already knew, would come to matter. The connection came to be, and we proudly featured Quiet Entropy as one of the first few records on Field. A few months later, we caught up with Will to chat about his first release, song-writing and what's coming up next.
What prompted you to release your first EP ?
I had been recording music for 4 years at this point, bit by bit, and I collected a few songs that were good and coherent enough to put on one project. I started to feel this burning need to put something out after getting good feedback from musician friends and others. It was kind of a cathartic thing to put out a few of the most important songs I’ve made these past few years.
Was it difficult to narrow it down to a few tracks ?
I think like a lot of artists I have a hard time finishing things. These were some of the few that I thought were finished. I had a some others but they didn't fit thematically or sonically. Some songs I had sounded more rock and had guitars, a drum kit, that sort of thing. I ended up picking songs that gravitate more towards the sound of this EP.
And how would you define this EP thematically ?
I suppose it’s bedroom pop, but I try to take a lot of influence from soul music and jazz, when possible since I wasn’t trained in jazz. And I really have a thing for choral elements. I’m a huge fan of D’Angelo and his gospel choir elements have always been something I’ve thought about while writing music.
There’s also a downtempo element I really wanted to keep there. There’s nothing you could really move to, no dance songs. Some of them have a bit of a groove but I thought of it more as a way to capture a particular mood. Kind of just the mood that has defined the past few years of my life, to a certain extent.
And in trying to express this personal mood, does your focus go more towards lyricism or production ?
I think the music draws out the lyrics. I usually don’t write something before I record. I’ll start composing and something about a sound will capture my interest and I’ll try, like any artist, to put what I’m feeling into words in a way that isn’t hyper-obvious. I try to make it poetic and not too obtuse.
The lyrics tend to follow the melody most of the time. It becomes a process of trying to fit a lyrical theme within the frame of a melody I’ve worked out.
Having a first project out, do you feel like you need to wait for a specific feeling before releasing again ?
I really want to get an album by the summer. I want it to be more deliberate than the EP was, which was songs I made a year a part, but that kind of went together. Although strangely some people did find it coherent, which I don’t hear (laughs).
And will having a more deliberate approach alter your sound ?
Yes, I think it will because I’ve tried to gain more proficiency in logic these past few months. And I’ve also tried to apply an ethic I’ve been thinking about this past while, but didn't implement on Quiet Entropy because the songs on there were sort of ad hoc things that sprung up.
This album is going to sound a bit different because there will be a unified sound, though I do want each song to go in it’s own direction. I want to have more acoustic percussions in it and try to rely less on programmed percussions. I’ll try to use less direct input guitars just to give it more texture.
I want it to sound a little more present, a little more in a space.
Go grab Will's Quiet Entropy EP on Bandcamp - seriously. It's good, you'll listen to it all the time, and you'll even have something to show your friends (promise). While you're on the internet, why not follow Field on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram? Oh, and if you missed it, we have 10$ Long and McQuade for new artists who submit 5+ tracks to Field. Ok, that's enough for announcements. Catch a new interview on the Field Blog every Wednesday and get in touch with Victor (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions or feedback!