Father John Misty announces new album ‘Pure Comedy’ and shares 25-minute film
Father John Misty released new song "Pure Comedy" yesterday which turns out to be the title track from his new album which is due April 7 via Sub Pop. Here is how FJM's Josh Tillman describes it:
Pure Comedy is the story of a species born with a half-formed brain. The species’ only hope for survival, finding itself on a cruel, unpredictable rock surrounded by other species who seem far more adept at this whole thing (and to whom they are delicious), is the reliance on other, slightly older, half-formed brains. This reliance takes on a few different names as their story unfolds, like “love,” “culture,” “family,” etc. Over time, and as their brains prove to be remarkably good at inventing meaning where there is none, the species becomes the purveyor of increasingly bizarre and sophisticated ironies. These ironies are designed to help cope with the species’ loathsome vulnerability and to try and reconcile how disproportionate their imagination is to the monotony of their existence.
Something like that.
Along with the announcement comes the 25-minute 'Pure Comedy - The Film' which was directed by Tillman and Grant James, and captured the live-tracking of the album in gorgeous black and white. You can watch that at your leisure below.
The packaging on the new album features a gatefold illustration by The New Yorker's Ed Steed, and a special vinyl edition features a die-cut customizable jacket with four interactive “background” dust sleeves housed in an outer plastic slipcase, plus a tri-fold poster & holographic tarot card. Preorders are available now. Check out artwork and tracklist, and the "Pure Comedy" video, below.
Father John Misty - Pure Comedy:
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