“Pure Comedy” is the highly anticipated follow-up to Father John Misty‘s internationally acclaimed “I Love You, Honeybear”. Josh Tillman wrote the majority of the album throughout 2015 and recorded all the basic tracking and vocals live to tape (in no more than two takes each) in March 2016 at LA’s United Studios (formerly known as Ocean Way Studios, favored by Sinatra and The Beach Boys).
Tillman’s bent critiques, bared humanity and gently warped classic songwriting are all here in equal measure and, at 75 minutes, “Pure Comedy” delivers a ton of it (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 candor, and in terms as timely as they are timeless).
Since 2012 Father John Misty, aka Josh Tillman, has unexpectedly emerged as a singular (if not undeniably idiosyncratic) voice. Whether 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 “intimately berserk,” 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 real enigma.