As You Are – The Looper Sessions Part 3

Presenting the third installment of Jarvix’s four-part “As You Are: The Looper Sessions” video performance series is, “As You Are.”

This four-video solo performance series features three new original songs and one alternate version of a selection from Jarvix’s last year’s Hugh Manatee album with each video shot entirely in single takes with filmmaker Jake Kelley. “As You Are: The Looper Sessions” is about vulnerability and privacy, hope and hesitancy, and light and dark. In making these songs, Jarvix used a looping pedal and so overdubs stacked in real time and captured a spontaneous balance of human imperfection and inspiration that comes with raw performance. Building upon the overdubs and the themes of the lyrics, he explores the isolation of safety and the nervous excitement of new ventures.

The Looper Sessions - As You Are still
From Jarvix on As You Are:
[pullquote-right]”‘As You Are’ is a change in perspective. In many ways, it’s an answer to the darkness confronted in “Concrete Soul,” saying it’s ok to take comfort inside of that space but to not become suffocated by it. It’s meant to offer a hand of hope to those in the struggle without being patronizing or ignorant.”[/pullquote-right]”As You Are” is a change in perspective. In many ways, it’s an answer to the darkness confronted in “Concrete Soul,” saying it’s ok to take comfort inside of that space but to not become suffocated by it. It’s meant to offer a hand of hope to those in the struggle without being patronizing or ignorant.

You’ll notice that Jake breaks out the handheld for this one, which continues to break the stoic precedent set by “Concrete Soul.” The camera is closer and more engaged now. There is also a wider spread of light, though it is fragmented as if being seen through the blinds of a closet, and there are windows in the backdrop that are sealed shut. Again, no spoilers, but Jake found a way to interact with the space in a profound, almost spiritual way. I’m really impressed with what he can do all by himself.

I should also mention the title, which in this song speaks to the notion of acceptance. In the greater arc of this project, however, it’s also about truth. “As You Are” refers to our mistakes; I make a lot of mistakes in my performances here but leave them in. I think it’s more honest. To bring it full circle, back to acceptance, the first step is always, to be honest.


The lyrics are written into the closed captions, so turn that feature on for them.

The Venue will present Jarvix and Beau’s Double Release Show, an 8-act bill celebrating two new releases from local musicians Jarvix and Beau Mansfield. The event will take place on Friday, Sept. 30 beginning 7 pm at the newly-branded event space in Oklahoma City’s Plaza District. The Venue, located at 1757 NW 16th St., is the latest venture from the owners of District House and The Parish and will coexist in the same space as The Parish. Admission is $8.

Watch Part 1, Concrete Soul.

Watch Part 2, Wolfhaven.

Part 4, Seattlesong, will debut tomorrow!

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Dennis Spielman

I'm Dennis Spielman, the Owner and Producer of Uncovering Oklahoma. In short, I’m a creative person that writes imaginative stories for books, movies, and shows. More about my projects are at DennisSpielman.com

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