Father John Misty‰۪s Pure Comedy is the highly anticipated follow-up to his internationally acclaimed album, I Love You, Honeybear. The album will be released 7th April on Deluxe 2xLP / 2xLP / CD / DL / åÊCS in the UK / Europe through Bella Union and the rest of the world from Sub Pop.åÊ
Pure Comedy highlights include the title track alongside standouts ‰ÛÏLeaving LA,‰ ‰ÛÏTotal Entertainment Forever,‰ ‰ÛÏBallad of the Dying Man,‰ ‰ÛÏWhen The God Of Love Returns There‰۪ll Be Hell To Pay‰ and ‰ÛÏThings It Would Have Been Helpful to Know Before The Revolution.‰åÊ
Since 2012, Father John Misty, aka Josh Tillman,åÊhas unexpectedly emerged as a singular (if not undeniably, um, idiosyncratic) voice. åÊWhether 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 ‰ÛÏintimately 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. The album navigates themes of progress, technology, fame, the environment, politics, aging, social media, human nature, human connection and his own role in it all with his usual candour, and in terms as timely as they are timeless.
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 Bartlett. åÊ
Tillman and Grant James (‰ÛÏFuntimes in Babylon,‰ ‰ÛÏI Love You, Honeybear‰) also co-directed Pure Comedy: The Film.åÊPure ComedyåÊis a gorgeously rendered black & white document of the live tracking, as well as a surreal look into Tillman‰۪s writing process. A six person crew, complete withåÊcranesåÊin the tracking rooms, captured every moment of the recording, giving the viewer intimate audience to actual album takes, including the one and only 2:00am performance of the 13-minute ‰ÛÏLeaving LA.‰ åÊIt also features the only known recording of Tillman‰۪s love ballad to his sound engineer Trevor Spencer. The 30 minute film can be watchedåÊHERE.
Deluxe LP - 2 x Coloured LP ‰ÛÒ 1 Copper & 1 Aluminum,åÊDie cut sleeve with 4 alternating covers,åÊPlastic O-Card outer sleeve,åÊFold Out Lyric Poster,åÊHologram Tarot Card, DownloadåÊ
Standard LP - 2 x Black LPåÊGatefold Sleeve ‰ÛÒ 4 versions of the sleeve,åÊFold Out Lyric Poster,åÊDownloadåÊ
CD -åÊDigisleeve - 4 versions of the sleeve,åÊ24pg lyric booklet