_Dean Karr_

Singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur and R.E.M.‘s Peter Buck have joined forces for a new collaborative project and self-titled album, Arthur Buck, which is set for a June 15 release via New West Records. The project’s first single, “I Am the Moment,” premiered over at NPR Music today.

Arthur and Buck got together after meeting in Mexico late last year. “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,” Arthur says. “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.”

Tour dates in support of the album are expected to be announced soon. Below, listen to “I Am the Moment” and see the artwork and tracklist for Arthur Buck.

Arthur Buck Tracklist:

1. I Am The Moment
2. Are You Electrified?
3. The Wanderer
4. Forever Waiting
5. If You Wake Up In Time
6. Summertime
7. American Century
8. Forever Falling
9. Before Your Love Is Gone
10. Wide Awake In November
11. Can’t Make It Without You