The singer explained his decision to avoid distributing tracks digitally, saying that he wants fans to "go and find" his signed bands' music for themselves.
"We don't want disposable songs - we want a 20 minute record," Garvey told BBC News.
"Young bands that are perhaps self-financing and have to make money through touring can release three EPs rather than one album. That's three times as much excuse to tour, so it's working commercially.
"You're making something that somebody who really loves your music is going to go and find - it's like leaving a note in your lover's pocket that they won't find for six months."
Meanwhile, Elbow are currently number two on the UK midweek chart with their B-sides collection Dead in the Boot.
Watch the music video for Elbow's 'One Day Like This' below: