When most people think of Ancient language, they consider the Greek Alphabet, Hebrew, Sanskrit, or the renowned hieroglyphs of Egypt. But ask around Detroit and you may get a different answer.
Ancient Language is a Detroit-based music duo comprised of producer, musician, writer and artist Christopher Jarvis and his bass-playing brother, Zach Jarvis. Together they combine their musical abilities to speak to their growing fan base, while simultaneously spreading an encouraging message to listeners. Ancient Language’s newest album, Everybody Forgives Everyone for Everything debuts at their upcoming release show on Saturday May 14th, 2016 at Marble Bar.
“For me, this album is all about letting go of all the negative associations you may have about your life, the situation you’re in, or relationships with other people and just accepting it and making the best of it. It gets to a point where depression becomes really boring and you have to start living again and enjoying life. This album is sort of a celebration of that,” says Christopher Jarvis.
Everybody Forgives Everyone for Everything is your personal invitation to a distant dreamy dance party. Sprinkled with memorable melodies, 808 claps, synth, snares and instruments it is clear that this album is hand crafted to perfection. Everybody Forgives Everyone for Everything mingles elements of funk, ambient, jazz, house and pop taking listeners on a soothing journey to self-discovery.
Chris: For me, this album is all about letting go of all the negative associations you may have about your life, the situation you’re in, or relationships with other people and just accepting it and making the best of it. It gets to a point where depression becomes really boring and you have to start living again and enjoying life. This album is sort of a celebration of that.
Chris and Zach Jarvis were joined by friends and fellow musicians for the creation of this album, and are excited to have collaborated on this new release.
Chris: For this album and release, Mathew Hofman and Matthew Beyer joined the group. Hofman is one of my best friends. We’ve been making music together for years so it just made perfect sense to have him play guitar; we have very similar sensibilities when it comes to music and a lot of other things. Beyer is also an old friend that Zach has been playing music with for years. He plays saxophone and synth on the album. We covered Sufjan Stevens at DetXDet this year and Beyer played with us. It went so well and we had such a good time that we figured we should keep it going and asked him to play with us. The whole thing came together very naturally and organically, it wasn’t something we had to force at all.
The effortless collaboration of these musicians resulted in a treat for the ears, and is sure to produce an incredible live performance. May 14, 2016 Ancient Language will be throwing an Album Release show and celebration at Woodbridge’s hidden gem, Marble Bar. Chris Jarvis is exceptionally excited for this release, and has many reasons to be as he explains to PLAYGROUND DETROIT:
Chris: A lot of things excite me about this release. For one I’m incredibly proud of the album and believe in the music but also, this will be the first time we’ve ever debuted a whole body of work for the first time live in front of an audience. We’ve added two more members to the band and playing with them has been so inspiring and rewarding. I’m also showing my video work from the past year, a lot of it for the first time. My friend Jon (Walk in Circles) is doing a visual installation. Everyone who’s playing (James Linck, Mega Powers, Phosphor Elephants, Dante Lasalle) are all good friends of mine who make music that I totally love and believe in. It will also be the first physical CD and cassette tape that we’ve released. I think it’s going to be a really immersive, entertaining night.
There is no place better than Detroit to celebrate such an occasion. In fact, Chris Jarvis explains to PLAYGROUND DETROIT that “Pure Michigan” has had an influence on his musical perspective, and Everybody Forgives Everyone for Everything in particular:
Chris: Early on when I started making music, for a long time I was really inspired by the natural world. Northern Michigan still remains a huge influence on me and my music. Zach and I wrote parts of this album in a friend’s cabin in Port Austin. But ever since I moved to the city a little over a year ago I’m completely obsessed and inspired by it. I’ve always spent a lot of time in Detroit but now I’m completely engulfed in it, it’s impossible for that not to have an effect on what you’re doing. I think the main development has been that, as a fan of music, I’m more conscious now of what I like and what I don’t like and just being accepting of those contradictions. Sometimes I wanna go out and party, sometimes I’m just trying to chill, but for me it’s more about if the music moves me emotionally.
He eventually explains that “this album is for everyone.” The Jarvis brothers just hope that listeners can find catharsis and enjoyment in listening to the music, asthey get from creating it. Check out Ancient Language’s teaser video for the album below!