Singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur wrapped up his mini-residency tour in support of his new album, “Come To Where I’m From,” following a show Monday night in Minneapolis, and the video for the first single, “Chemical,” has just been added into rotation at MTV2.
The minimalist “Chemical” clip was directed by famed photographer Anton Corbijn, and although Arthur is known as a soft-spoken artist who is as willing to display his paintings as perform his songs, he told MTV News that he actually enjoys the track’s malevolence.
Last year, Arthur and artist pal Zachary Larner shared a Grammy nomination for Best Packaging for his “Vacancy” EP, and Arthur said coming up with the cover image for “Come To Where I’m From,” which features a series of highly-stylized wraparound portraits, may have been the most difficult part of putting the album together.
Arthur has lined up gigs in Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, and Austin, Texas over the next few weeks, after which he will head over to the U.K. for an appearance at the Glastonbury Festival on June 24.
For a sample of some of Arthur’s paintings, be sure to check out an officially sanctioned fan site (www.jps.net/kthalken)
that Arthur specifically sends digital copies of his artwork to while on the road.