Album Premiere: Joseph Arthur – The Family

photo by Ehud Lazin

photo by Ehud Lazin

Over the years, Joseph Arthur has been such a frequent guest at KEXP that we consider him family, so it’s no surprise to us he’s taken the idea as the theme of his latest album, The Family, on which he entwines fact and fiction to explore these universal ties. For Joseph, the new LP also represents something new and old. While it’s his thirteenth (or fourteenth, depending on how you count), The Family is the first he’s ever composed on a piano, one that has its own history. Says Jo: “I set out to make an album that centred about all of the aspects and all of the relationships of ‘The Family’. And how fitting that these songs should begin on that hundred-year-old Steinway that had only ever belonged to one family.” While the songs took seed on the keys, they’ve flourished on record into full-band compositions, featuring his well-orchestrated blend of folk-rock, psych-pop, soul and other sounds to highlight is distinctive vocals and terrific story telling.

You’ll be able to pick up the album next Friday, June 3rd, when it’s officially released via True North Records, but you can join The Family now with this exclusive full-album stream:

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5 Comments

  1. Betsy
    Posted May 27, 2016 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    I have had the privilege of hearing Joseph Arthur live several years in a row at the Todos Santos Music Festival and truly enjoy his performances. This new album sounds perfect for me and I can’t wait for June 3.

  2. Jason
    Posted May 27, 2016 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    Thank you, Joseph Arthur, for, this, your most personal album and your dedication and diligence in offering your fans so much of yourself. You are my favorite music artist and you have so many fans here in Seattle and around the world. Thanks too and especially to KEXP for what you do for not only Joseph Arthur but so many other independent artists. My family and I will look forward to seeing you Joseph, in your next visit to Seattle! May God bless and keep you.

  3. Jim Whelan
    Posted May 29, 2016 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    The new album sounds great. Joe, your constant creativity always amazes me. Beautiful work.

  4. Antonia Esperanza
    Posted May 31, 2016 at 7:29 am | Permalink

    Your new album sounds really great!
    I´ve ordered the vinyl so there will be many nights filled with good music and probably some wine…
    We look forward to see you in Cologne in June. Here in Germany we don´t often have the opportunity to see artists like you so we´re really glad that you come around for some gigs to show us your great songs and your blessed talent!
    The perfect gift for the thirtest birthday of my husband…
    Thank you!

  5. bernard joseph
    Posted June 4, 2016 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

    thankyou joseph and kexp….this is the first time i hear your music joseph and i find it evocative in healthy ways….i’m from the boomer gerneration and prefer music that is harmonious and nourishing to the spirit….you are in that zone…blessings brother….

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