Joseph Arthur Moving Along On New Albumd

Singer/songwriter Joseph Arthur is hard at work on his third album for Peter Gabriel's Virgin-distributed Real World label. Speaking backstage after an opening slot for Coldplay last night (April 9) i

Singer/songwriter Joseph Arthur is hard at work on his third album for Peter Gabriel's Virgin-distributed Real World label. Speaking backstage after an opening slot for Coldplay last night (April 9) in New York, Arthur told Billboard.com he has mixed 12 songs in collaboration with Roger Moutenot (Yo La Tengo, Lou Reed). The new, as-yet-untitled album is tentatively scheduled for a fall release.

Among the tracks likely to make the cut is a new version of "I Donated Myself to the Mexican Army," which Arthur recorded last spring with U.K. rock outfit Gomez. Arthur hopes to tour this summer, likely supporting a larger act. In the meantime, he will open for Coldplay again at a May 24 gig in Boston.

The new set will be the follow-up to last year's acclaimed "Come to Where I'm From," which was named album of the year by Entertainment Weekly. Virgin France recently released a two-CD enhanced version of the set, bolstered with two bonus tracks plus videos for "Chemical" and "In The Sun." A seven-track promotional live EP, recorded last June in Dallas, is also making the collectors' rounds..