Joseph Arthur: Ethereal Elegance : World Cafe Arthur's music is driven by simple melodies and soaring vocal harmonies. Each song has its own driving force — a wistful backup groove, a driving guitar riff or Arthur's own mournful voice. His music sounds heavily influenced by R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe and Coldplay's Chris Martin, but the inspiration may not be one-sided.

Joseph Arthur: Ethereal Elegance

Joseph Arthur: Ethereal Elegance

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Joseph Arthur in Studio on World Cafe - 10/18/2006

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Set List

  • "When I Was Running Out of Time"
  • "Don't Tell Your Eyes"
  • "Nuclear Daydream"
  • "Spaceman"

Joseph Arthur's music has an ethereal elegance to it, featuring simple melodies and soaring vocal harmonies. Each song has its own driving force — a wistful backup groove, a driving guitar riff or Arthur's own mournful voice. His music sounds heavily influenced by R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe and Coldplay's Chris Martin, but the inspiration may not be entirely one-sided.

Arthur was discovered by Peter Gabriel in the mid-'90s, at which point he left his native Akron, Ohio. Since then, Arthur has released several albums and toured in support of a remarkable list of musicians, including R.E.M., Coldplay, Ben Harper and Tracy Chapman. He won a Grammy in 1999 for the artwork and packaging of his EP Vacancy; this year, Arthur presented his own art exhibit at a gallery in London and performed on The Late Show with David Letterman. His fifth album, Nuclear Daydream, came out in September. This segment originally aired on Oct. 18, 2006.