Father John Misty is back and he’s better than ever. Following up from 2015’s hugely popular ‘I Love You, Honeybear’, J. Tillman today announced ‘Pure Comedy’, his third album, under his moniker Father John Misty. The album hits shelves on 7th April, and to keep fans occupied until then, not only has the album’s title track been released, but also a wonderfully mad 25 minute film about the record that couldn’t be more idiosyncratic if it tried.
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The album comes out on Sub Pop Records in the US and Bella Union in the UK and EU. Both labels will be releasing a fair few versions of the record to choose from, including standard and deluxe double LPs and cassette, in addition to the usual CD and download options. The deluxe vinyl issue in particular looks interesting, boasting a die cut jacket with four customisable background sleeves, a poster and a holographic tarot card (yes, really), as well as copper and aluminium coloured vinyl.
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‘Pure Comedy’ itself is one of the best songs Tillman’s ever written; at six and a half minutes long it’s ambitious, daring and lyrically every bit as smart as we’ve come to expect. Half laugh out loud funny and half utterly hopeless, ‘Pure Comedy’ offers a big dose of gallows humour and the video completely lives up to the song’s ambitious words.
Before taking on the Father John Misty name, Tillman drummed with Seattle folk-rockers Fleet Foxes, who have confirmed that they’ll be bringing out their own long awaited third album sometimes this year. Tillman left the band in 2012, so it’s not yet known if he’s had any involvement with the next Fleet Foxes record.