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Father John Misty

Pure Comedy

Father John Misty#s Pure Comedy is the highly anticipated follow-up to his internationally acclaimed album, I Love You, Honeybear. Pure Comedy highlights include the title track alongside standouts Leaving LA, Total Entertainment Forever, Ballad of the Dying Man, When The God Of Love Returns There#ll Be Hell To Pay and Things It Would Have Been Helpful to Know Before The Revolution. Since 2012, Father John Misty, aka Josh Tillman, has unexpectedly emerged as a singular (if not undeniably, um, idiosyncratic) voice. Whether by virtue of his lyrics, which routinely defy the presumed polarities of wit and empathy his live performances which may perhaps be described best as #intimately berzerk#, or the infuriating line he seems to occupy between canny and total fraud online or in interviews, Father John Misty has cultivated a rare space for himself in the musical landscape - that of a real enigma. Pure Comedy sees Tillman at the height of these powers as a lyricist, and equally so a cultural observer - at times bordering on freakishly prescient. Tillman#s bent critiques, bared humanity and gently warped classic songwriting are all here in equal measure and - at 75 minutes - there#s a veritable fuck ton of it. Tillman wrote the majority of Pure Comedy throughout 2015 and recorded all the basic tracking and vocals live to tape (in no more than two takes each) at United Studios (fka the legendary Ocean Way Studios, favored by Frank Sinatra and The Beach Boys) in Los Angeles March 2016. Pure Comedy was co-produced once again by Josh Tillman and long-time producer Jonathan Wilson mixed by Tillman, Wilson and Trevor Spencer, and mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering Studios. The album features string, horn and choral arrangements from classical iconoclast Gavin Bryars (Jesus Blood Never Failed Me Yet, Sinking Of The Titanic), with additional contributions from Nico Muhly and Thomas Bartlet.

  • 1. Pure Comedy
    2. Total Entertainment Forever
    3. Things It Would Be Helpful To Know Before the Revolution
    4. Ballad of the Dying Man
    5. Birdie
    6. Leaving LA [Explicit]
    7. A Bigger Paper Bag
    8. When the God of Love Returns There'll Be Hell to Pay
    9. Smoochie
    10. Two Wildly Different Perspectives
    11 .The Memo [Explicit]
    12. So I'm Growing Old on Magic Mountain
    13. In Twenty Years or So

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