While R.E.M. may be no more, guitarist Peter Buck has remained as busy as ever. In fact, Buck has teamed up with songwriter Joseph Arthur for a full-fledged collaborative new album.
The pair are working under the moniker of Arthur Buck, and their self-titled debut album will arrive on June 15 New West Records. For a taste of the album, the pair shared a new video for the album’s “Are You Electrified?” today. You can check it out below, where you’ll also find the previously premiered “I Am the Moment.”
The 11-song album was produced by Arthur and mixed by Tchad Blake (U2, Pearl Jam, the Black Keys). All the songs were co-written by Buck and Arthur.
As a press release explains, the collaboration was sparked after the pair met up in Mexico near the end of 2017, when they wrote eight songs in three days.
In a statement, Arthur explained, “My first thought was, ‘Hey, I’ll get Peter to play acoustic guitar on some of the stuff I’m working on!’ 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.”
Arthur Buck will be heading out on an as-yet-unannounced North American tour. For now, though, you can check out the album art above and the tracklist below, where you’ll also find the album’s first two singles.
1. I Am The Moment
2. Are You Electrified?
3. The Wanderer
4. Forever Waiting
5. If You Wake Up In Time
7. American Century
8. Forever Falling
9. Before Your Love Is Gone
10. Wide Awake In November
11. Can’t Make It Without You