‘Post Meridiem’ is the third album by Vancouver, Canada based songwriter Jasper Sloan Yip. Produced by John Raham (Dan Mangan, Frazey Ford, Dralms), ‘Post Meridiem’ refines the blend of folk, rock and pop sensibilities that have won Jasper critical acclaim in his home territory in the years since his 2010 debut.

With eloquent reflections of life and loss woven through arrangements that climb from whispered confessions to soaring soundscapes, supported by the beautiful orchestration of his string section, this latest collection of songs is easily his most realised work to date. As Jasper puts it :

“Continuing the pattern of my previous releases, ‘Post Meridiem’ is a self-portrait. Or rather, a series of vignettes that, when considered together, give a sense of the whole. It is reflective by design; a distorted recollection of one’s own life created with the hope that listeners will see some part of themselves somewhere in the hazy patch-work narrative put before them.”

A self-taught musician, the teenage Jasper Sloan Yip gave his first performance in 2007 on a stage he built in the backyard of his Vancouver home. Three days later he boarded a one-way flight to Paris, the first stop of many in a year-long voyage that spanned fifteen countries and three continents. In the café’s and one-star hotels of Europe, Jasper wrote much of his restless and wide-eyed debut album, ‘Every Day And All At Once’. Released on his 23rd birthday in 2010, the record charted at college radio, while Jasper played shows across Canada and appeared on network television.

Three years later, at the helm of an experimental folk-rock sextet, Jasper released his ambitious follow up, ‘Foxtrot’. The earnest naïveté that had characterised ‘Every Day And All At Once’ was gone, replaced with pensive introspection and orchestral instrumentation. The result was a mosaic; nine very different songs that, taken together, offered a unified narrative about the pains and joys of love and art.

‘Foxtrot’ was an immediate success. A first single entitled ‘Show Your Teeth’ hit the Top 10 on Canada’s CBC national Radio 2 and 3 as well as college charts around the country. The song also landed Jasper a ‘Best of British Columbia’ award, while the album’s title track received a ‘Public Records Video Grant’ award. Both CBC Radio 2 and 3 included ‘Show Your Teeth’ on their ‘Best of 2013’ lists, plus BC’s

The Province newspaper named ‘Foxtrot’ as one of 2013’s Top 10 indie records. Fast forward to 2017, and a decade on from his debut backyard performance, Jasper has recorded his most fully realised collection of songs to date. ‘Post Meridiem’ will be released in late October 2017 on Afterlife Music/Membran. It will be promoted with tour dates around Canada as well as a return to Europe – no doubt inspiring the next chapter in the career of this introspective troubadour.

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