Joseph Arthur:: Vagabond Skies

Painter/Singer/Songwriter Joseph Arthur has been busy this year making music with most of it recorded at his Brooklyn art gallery, the Museum of Modern Arthur. Vagabond Skies is Arthur’s third EP this year, in a four EP series leading up to his September 16th full-length, Temporary People. While previous Arthur material that I have heard has been fine, I have never felt drawn in to his music like I have on this EP. Opener “Slow Me Down,” sets the tone with a heavy dark and dusty atmosphere becoming of Mark Lanegan with occasional sunlight. The orchestration drops off a bit, leading right in to the acoustic chuggers “Even When Yer Blue,” and “Pretty Good Company.” Moving down the line while picking things up again, comes another standout, “She Paints Me Gold,” breaking it open like Bowie’s “Five Years,” only to soon slip off in to lush neo-tropicalia smoothed by glowing vocals and branded by fiery guitar filler. Vagabond Skies closes with a well suited glazed over effect, distributed by the hypnotic cyclical remnants of “It’s Too Late,” and the dreamy psychodrama “Second Sight.”

Pretty Good Company

July 9 Boston, MA – Paradise
July 10 Philadelphia, PA – World Café Live
July 11 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom (JA & the Lonely Astronauts)
July 12 Hoboken, NJ – Maxwell’s (solo)
July 15 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
July 18 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
July 21 Portland, OR – Doug Fir
July 22 Seattle, WA – Triple Door
July 24 Vancouver, BC – The Media Club
July 26 Guelph, ON – Hillside Festival

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