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Jarvis Cocker and Pulp bassist Steve Mackey reveal new direction in London club...

JARVIS COCKER and Pulp bassist STEVE MACKEY debuted surprising new material when they played at London Old Street 333 Club last week.

The two teamed up with classical musician Alasdair Malloy to play five original compositions on guitar, an omnichord synthesizer and Malloy’s glass harmonica – a rare instrument invented by Benjamin Franklin in the 18th century.

Malloy, who has previously worked with Mansun and Bjork, told NME: “The music was heading towards the new age ambient thing but with interesting beats going on. There was one track where Jarvis played ’50s-style guitar.

“The glass harmonica was used by people like Mozart and Beethoven. I think this is the first time it’s been used in this way. We’ve taken its sound into another space altogether.”

The new songs were instrumental and untitled but it is likely that they could end up on the next Pulp album, currently being written by the band.

The trio plan to play another gig in the next few months, but, as yet, no date has been set.