Now add singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur and things start to get weird… in a good way. The album is spiritually and lyrically present. It references our current political climate, our over-reliance on technology, and the rise of the social media shadow warrior. The musical arrangements don’t just tip the hat to older REM. They deftly wind their way through multiple genres as well as pay homage to artists like The Beatles, David Bowie, and Talking Heads. This one will grow on you.