2018 album. Joseph Arthur and R.E.M.'s Peter Buck. Also available in CD.
R.E.M’s Peter Buck and Joseph Arthur fuse their creative energies for joint album ‘Arthur Buck’. Arthur previously supported R.E.M in the early 2000s, while Buck has worked with the musician on his own projects in the past. The creative result of this relationship is a vibrant 11-song collection that captures the spontaneity at the heart of the project - right down to the 1-2-3-4 count off from Buck that opens the record - with sounds and styles meshed together in an easy, almost playful manner.
Sometimes the catalyst for creating great art is simply being in the right place at the right time. For Arthur Buck, the new collaboration between singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur and guitarist Peter Buck, that place was Mexico and that time was the fall of 2017. Specifically, a little town off the Baja coast named Todos Santos, with the Sierra de la Laguna mountains to the east and the bright blue Pacific stretching out infinitely to the west. It is here that Buck has held the Todos Santos Music Festival for the last several years, which he created in 2012 with his wife, Chloe Johnson, shortly after R.E.M. called it a day.
Among the many artists who have played the festival is Joseph Arthur, who also happened to leave behind a guitar - a Dobro, specifically - after his last appearance there. And so last year he made the trek down to Todos Santos to pick up the instrument. Which is where he ran into Peter Buck. That was the beginning of Arthur Buck.
In a press release, Arthur said: “My first thought was, ‘Hey, I’ll get Peter to play acoustic guitar on some of the stuff I’m working!’ So I started showing him songs. But he was like, ‘That’s cool. Now check this out.’ And he started playing chords and whatnot. So I put my guitar down and began singing over his changes, and it was magical. It was easy. And these great songs just started popping out.”
Buck added: “It was all new songs, and it was spontaneous. And the great thing about working that way was that it didn’t have to be anything in particular. It was liberated from any expectation. It was free.”