Jasper Sloan Yip’s start was humble. A self-taught musician, he 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 cafes and one-star hotels of Europe, Jasper wrote much of his restless and wide-eyed debut “Every Day and All at Once”. Released on his 23rd birthday, the 10-song debut album charted on college radio, appeared on network television and led to showcases across Canada.
Three years later, at the helm of an experimental folk-rock sextet, Jasper released his ambitious follow up, “Foxtrot”. The earnest naïveté that characterized “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.