Vagabond Skies

Joseph ArthurJune 10, 2008
Singer-Songwriter© 2008 Joseph Arthur
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Vagabond Skies is an EP by singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur, released June 10, 2008, and is the third in a series of four EPs released in anticipation of Arthur's seventh studio album, Temporary People. According to Arthur, this EP is "more stripped-down, more acoustic and slower...it's more of a late-night type of music."
The EP also marks the first studio recording of "She Paints Me Gold," a song Joseph has often played at his live shows since November 2004. A music video made for "She Paints Me Gold" features a sequential collection of still photographs, taken by Cerise Leang on New Year's Eve 2007, documenting one of Joseph's all-night paintings. Another music video was also produced for "Second Sight," directed by Gabriel Judet-Weinshel, featuring video footage of Joseph lip-synching the song projected onto a billboard over Lafayette Street and Grand Street in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

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Songs
1
Slow Me Down3:01
2
Even When Yer Blue3:17
3
Pretty Good Company3:05
4
She Paints Me Gold5:33
5
Second Sight3:58
6
It's Too Late3:28
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Total length
22:22
Tracks
6
Released
June 10, 2008
Label
© 2008 Joseph Arthur
File type
MP3
Access type
Streaming and by permanent download to your computer and/or device
Internet connection
Required for streaming and downloading
Playback information
Via Google Play Music app on Android v4+, iOS v7+, or by exporting MP3 files to your computer and playing on any MP3 compatible music player
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