Father John MistyBella Union
Released: 5th April 2017
Deluxe double LP on coloured vinyl (one copper disc and one aluminium), with die cut sleeve with four alternating covers, plastic O-Card outer sleeve, fold out lyric poster, hologram tarot card and digital download code. CD in digisleeve (with four alternating versions of the sleeve) plus 24 page lyric booklet.
‘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. Father John Misty aka Josh Tillman’s bent critiques, bared humanity and gently warped classic songwriting are all here in equal measure and, at 75 minutes, there’s a lot 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, in terms as timely as they are timeless.