Joseph Arthur has been cranking out critically acclaimed material for over a decade and a half, and now the singer-songwriter is back with a bold new venture. The Ballad of Boogie Christ is Arthur’s tenth studio album and represents an experimental new direction for the artist.
“Boogie Christ is unlike anything I’ve ever done before. It’s a big production with horns and soul singers; a psychedelic soul record about redemption and what happens after you find it and lose it,” said Arthur.
The album follows the narrative thread of “Boogie Christ” – “a fictionalized character loosely based on [Arthur’s] own journey.” While the instrumentation on Boogie Christ certainly stands out, it is Arthur’s lyrical prowess and rich storytelling that ultimately drive the album.
“It all came from words and poems like seeds that bloomed into songs which themselves fathered some of the richest music I’ve made in 17 years of putting together records,” said Arthur of his latest record. If that doesn’t get you excited we aren’t sure what will.
The Ballad of Boogie Christ will be released on June 11 via Lonely Astronaut Records, but you can listen to the album in its entirety in the player below.