IT is fair to say that Father John Misty’s forthcoming album Pure Comedy is shaping up to be a cracker. The charismatic troubadour confirmed its release last week alongside a 25 minute short film and an incredible 2,000 word essay detailing its inspiration; broaching subjects such as evolution, religion, political ideology and ‘the revolution of bear justice’.
Known to approach his craft with a cut-throat irony yet overwhelming creativity, the artist also known as Josh Tillman has never been one to shy away from bold themes; often using his expansive compositions as vehicles to express his views about the world around him. His latest single ‘Ballad of the Dying Man’ does more of the same and as the title suggests, it’s an emotive slow-burner.
Accompanied by an acoustic guitar, piano and choir, Tillman’s delivery captures the mind of a man who is approaching death. Taking aim at the “overrated hacks running amok, all of the pretentious ignorant voices that will go unchecked, the homophobes, hipsters, and 1%”, it is once again his sharp lyricism that shines through over a patient and slow-rolling instrumental backdrop; it is clear to see that he has not lost his sense of humour despite the subject matter.
Underneath his sharp wit though lies a legitimate concern for the world around him; a sentiment that feels all too close to home in the current climate. A rejection of complacency, it’s another thought-provoking and biting cut from the songwriter.
Pure Comedy will be released on 7th April.