Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Joseph Arthur's stunning full-length debut 'Big City Secrets' was officially released in the US on March 11th 1997, having been released in October 1996 in France/UK/Italy and other parts of Europe. The 12 track CD features Joseph's piercing lyrics and unique voice embellished with exotic instruments and effects (check out the credits on the sleeve notes!). In an interview on NPR's 'All Things Considered', March 1997, Joseph described his sound as "somebody struggling to heal over experimental folk rock with an identity crisis".
'Big City Secrets' was produced by Markus Dravs (Brian Eno, James, Björk) and includes backing vocals from Peter Gabriel and Brian Eno on the song "Mercedes". The album received its best support in France, but got many accolades around the world and introduced Joseph to a growing legion of dedicated fans who were drawn further in by his entrancing live-looping concert performances.
Joseph was the first American musician signed to Real World Records. The promotional notes on the 5 track US radio edits EP for 'Big City Secrets' state - "The Realworld label is known for presenting recorded glimpses into foreign lands and sounds and this album is no exception. For while Joseph is indeed an American, his songs bare a truly stark and unknown region: his heart and soul". This is perhaps best illustrated in the video for "Daddy's on Prozac" (linked below, directed by Zachary Larner) and if you haven't listened to the album recently go and put it on now or buy it to add to your collection!
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