Joseph Arthur: “Can’t Exist”

After Wednesday’s Rufus Wainwright post, I decided I just had to find an excuse to post Joseph Arthur’s “Can’t Exist.” Then I remembered that I don’t need to find an excuse to post good music on my own web site. Strange how that works out.

MP3: Joseph Arthur – Can’t Exist
“Can’t Exist” sounds like the curious union of The Smashing Pumpkins and Oasis. Granted, it’s lacking Billy’s charming whine or any melodies “borrowed” from the Beatles, but let me explain. The first verse is part Siamese Dream-era Pumpkins that turns into Oasis when Arthur sings “Sister don’t be scared/a thousand times or more/I’ve walked away alive/on my feet again”–which is done perfectly; it’s my favorite part of the song. From there it alternates between the aforementioned combination and a chorus that recalls the Pumpkin’s Adore. But unlike this review might imply, it doesn’t suffer from any confusion of purpose. Sure, it pulls the listener in a couple different directions, but you’re right there with him through it all.

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BONUS MP3: Joseph Arthur – There Is A Light That Never Goes Out (Smiths cover)

Anyone care to help me out? I’m looking for some nice instrumentals to go behind me when I read the song titles I just played while at WRFL. Right now I’m looking at using either some stuff by The Octopus Project (fantastic!) or Jason Forrest’s “War Photographer.” The problem is, both of those are way too good to waste as background music. Maybe something not so energetic?

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