2016/07/18

REVIEW : The Family - Fatea Records



Joseph Arthur is an American singer-songwriter and artist from Akron, Ohio, United States. He is apparently best known for his solo material, and as a member of Fistful of Mercy and RNDM. I must confess that I knew nothing of Joseph until the album arrived to review. Listening to new artists is one of the joys of being a music reviewer and this singer songwriter was first discovered by Peter Gabriel in the 90's. He knows a thing or two about music so I expect great things from him! Joseph is also a renowned painter and designer so all in all, a very accomplished young man.

This album entitled "The Family" centres on what the title infers, The Family, or at least the commonly held idea of one. A real eclectic mix of music and sounds covering most aspects of family life in general; war, love, murder, despair. Some topics are not natural bed fellows for a song on an album but these do work very well indeed. Both depressing and uplifting in equal measures.

"Machines of War" is a song of our times depicting the fear and worry of a loved one heading off to a conflict. The painted images are those produced by a true visual and musical artist. Thought provoking in the extreme! "Ethel Was Born" is a haunting little song about a couple from different backgrounds meeting up and what happens to them. Like many of the songs on this album, this has a simple musical backing played primarily on a Steinway piano, possibly not the type of music that the original manufacturers of this classical instrument envisaged their works of art being used on. This song is followed immediately by "You Wear Me Out" with the Steinway to the fore again. A much brighter and cheerier offering

Joseph has, at times, a very sad and gutteral voice which is perfect for "You Keep Hanging On" a love song sung with genuine and real emotion. His voice on some tracks has a mix and feel of Dylan and John Martyn, ideal for the slower numbers on this album. "The Flag" is arguably the best example of this comparison with two other superstars!

This is definitely a slow burner of an album. It took me at least four listens to really get into it and fully understand what Joseph is trying to portray through his excellent music and evocative lyrics. I said at the beginning of this review that I had not heard of Joseph before and I am pretty certain that the same will apply to many other music lovers from this side of The Atlantic, but I am also certain that this will change in the near future if this album is anything to go by.

If you want to know if you are going to like this album, just take a listen to the opening track, "The Family" which sets the scene for the rest of the music to follow. "The Family was always glad you came" is a line in the song that accurately describes my mantra for life.

I read a review somewhere that gave the album a rating of 9/10. I think I need to listen to it a few more times to get to that dizzy height but it is certainly well on the way. Enjoy it!!!

2016/07/16

CONCERT POSTER : 2013-01 Todos Santos Music Festival


CONCERT POSTER : 2016-01 Todos Santos Music Festival


CONCERT POSTER : 2015-11-05 Club Café, Pittsburgh


CONCERT POSTER : 2014-05-18 Rickks Room, Wentworth


CONCERT POSTER : 2014-10-07 Cat's Cradle, Carrboro


CONCERT POSTER : 2013-12-08 Southern Café, Charlottesville


CONCERT POSTER : 2014-05-08 City Winery, Chicago


CONCERT POSTER : 2013-10-31 Fontanellato


CONCERT POSTER : 2011-05-15 Tourcoing


2016/07/15

CONCERT POSTER : 1997-07-20 Hamburg


2016-07-15 - Soundcheck, WNYC, New York






Tracklist :

The Family
The Campaign Song
You Keep Hanging On


2016-07-15 MP3


 


CONCERT POSTER : 2014-10-23 Fillmore, San Francisco



CONCERT POSTER : 2009-03-16 Espace Tatry, Bordeaux



CONCERT POSTER : 2016-01-30 Common Ground Coffeehouse


Newsletter 2016-07

Joseph will be crossing the pond for some shows in Europe in November. Tickets are on sale now:
Nov 3, 2016
Botanique Rotonde
Brussels, Belgium
TICKETS
    
Nov 4, 2016
De Amstelkerk
Amsterdam, Netherlands
TICKETS
    
Nov 6, 2016
Blue Shell
Cologne, Germany
TICKETS
    
Nov 7, 2016
Point Ephemere
Paris, France
TICKETS
    
Nov 8, 2016
Oslo
London, United Kingdom
TICKETS
    
Nov 9, 2016
Deaf Institute
Manchester, United Kingdom
TICKETS
    
Nov 10, 2016
Bodega
Nottingham, United Kingdom
TICKETS
    
Nov 11, 2016
King Tuts
Glasgow, United Kingdom
TICKETS
    
Nov 13, 2016
Whelan's
Dublin, Ireland
TICKETS

 
Joseph will be playing a very special show in Woodstock, NY on June 30th. This is a once in a lifetime day-long event of exhibition and creation in the recording studio. Attendees will have the rare experience of witnessing and participating in the recording of a live in-studio album with Joseph at Applehead Recording & Production on the farm in Woodstock, New York. Joseph will be exhibiting never seen before artwork that he created for his latest release. You will then be one of the few along with Joseph as he creates his Woodstock Sessions release. This is a day long immersive experience with the artist. 

All attendees will receive, unlimited access to the days events including exclusive gallery showing of Josephs artwork, catered dinner, limited edition fine art event print of JA painting for Woodstock Sessions, limited edition numbered and signed 180 gram vinyl of the Joseph Arthur Woodstock Sessions release, and all digital media produced from the days events (hi res audio and video).

 

 
Joseph acquired a Steinway Vertegrand piano from the early 1900's, moved it into his Red Hook, Brooklyn studio and saved it from the storm (Sandy, propped on cinderblocks, while the neighborhood flooded). He learned some of its history: the piano had been a part of the same family for a century, somewhere in Connecticut. Written entirely on that piano, The Family is mostly a work of fiction and a meditation on the idea of family. 

"These are stories being told from different voices and mysterious times, which hopefully resonate with all the families everywhere." explains Joseph. (Read Joseph's full notes about The Family here.)

The single ‘You Keep Hanging On’ is currently at radio - call your local station and request it today!
 
Jul 19, 2016
City Winery
Nashville, TN
TICKETS
    
Jul 20, 2016
City Winery
Atlanta, GA
TICKETS
    
Jul 23, 2016
Jammin Java
Vienna, VA
TICKETS
    
Jul 30, 2016
Woodstock Sessions at Applehead Recording
Saugerties, NY
TICKETS
    
Aug 15, 2016
City Winery
New York, NY
TICKETS
    
Aug 28, 2016
City Winery
New York, NY
TICKETS
    
Sep 11, 2016
The Chapel
San Francisco, CA
TICKETS
    
Sep 12, 2016
Troubadour
Los Angeles, CA
TICKETS
    
Sep 13, 2016
Music Box
San Diego, CA
TICKETS
    
Sep 15, 2016
Triple Door
Seattle, WA
TICKETS
    
Sep 16, 2016
Cobalt
Vancouver, Canada
TICKETS
    
Sep 17, 2016
Alberta Rose
Portland, OR
TICKETS
    
Sep 19, 2016
Urban Lounge
Salt Lake City, UT
TICKETS
    
Sep 20, 2016
Soiled Dove
Denver, CO
TICKETS
    
Sep 21, 2016
The Tank Room
Kansas City, MO
TICKETS
    
Sep 23, 2016
Dakota Jazz Club
Minneapolis, MN
TICKETS
    
Sep 24, 2016
Colectivo Coffee
Milwaukee, WI
TICKETS
    
Nov 3, 2016
Botanique Rotonde
Brussels, Belgium
TICKETS
    
Nov 4, 2016
De Amstelkerk
Amsterdam, Netherlands
TICKETS
    
Nov 6, 2016
Blue Shell
Cologne, Germany
TICKETS
    
Nov 7, 2016
Point Ephemere
Paris, France
TICKETS
    
Nov 8, 2016
Oslo
London, United Kingdom
TICKETS
    
Nov 9, 2016
Deaf Institute
Manchester, United Kingdom
TICKETS
    
Nov 10, 2016
Bodega
Nottingham, United Kingdom
TICKETS
    
Nov 11, 2016
King Tuts
Glasgow, United Kingdom
TICKETS
    
Nov 13, 2016
Whelan's
Dublin, Ireland
TICKETS
    


  


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