Yesterday it became fairly apparent that Father John Misty is up to something. Late afternoon Josh Tillman put out a brand new, politically charged number called ‘Pure Comedy’. Then one intrepid Reddit user unearthed a cached merchandise page on fatherjohnmisty.store which appeared to reveals a new albums’ full artwork, title (‘Pure Comedy’) and release date (March 31st). Whoops-a-daisy!
Well, now it’s official, and despite the date on that sneaky merch site being a week out from the real one, there is indeed a new Father John Misty album, landing on 7th April via Sub Pop in the U.S, and Bella Union in Europe. It’s called ‘Pure Comedy’ and all.
Along with the solid confirmation, Father John Misty has shared a new 25 minute film, also called… you guessed it - ‘Pure Comedy: The Film’.
Directed by Tillman and Grant James, the viddy gives previews of what to expect on the new album, and features a bit of topless painting for good measure. Oooer.
The cover art for ‘Pure Comedy’ is by The New Yorker’s Ed Steed. The album also features musical contributions from Gavin Bryars, Nico Muhly and Thomas Bartlett.
Check out the track-listing and short film below.
01 Pure Comedy
02 Total Entertainment Forever
03 Things It Would Have Been Helpful to Know Before the Revolution
04 Ballad of the Dying Man
06 Leaving LA
07 A Bigger Paper Bag
08 When the God of Love Returns There’ll Be Hell to Pay
10 Two Wildly Different Perspectives
11 The Memo
12 So I’m Growing Old on Magic Mountain
13 In Twenty Years of So