Father John Misty has announced Pure Comedy, the follow-up to his sophomore 2015 release, I Love You, Honeybear. The new album will be released April 7, 2017 in Europe through Bella Union and the rest of the world from Sub Pop.
Pure Comedy highlights include the title track alongside “Leaving LA,” “Total Entertainment Forever,” “Ballad of the Dying Man,” “When The God Of Love Returns There’ll Be Hell To Pay” and “Things It Would Have Been Helpful to Know Before The Revolution”.
Father John Misty a.k.a. Josh Tillman wrote the majority of the 75-minute long 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 (formerly known as the legendary Ocean Way Studios, used by Frank Sinatra and The Beach Boys) in Los Angeles during March of 2016.
Pure Comedy was co-produced 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 Gavin Bryars (Jesus Blood Never Failed Me Yet, Sinking Of The Titanic), with additional contributions from Nico Muhly and Thomas Bartlett.
Pure Comedy’s front/back covers and gatefold feature a massive original piece (his first ever commission of its kind) by Ed Steed (The New Yorker) and is now available (in four variations!) for preorder through Father John Misty’s Official Store, Sub Pop Mega Mart, and Bella Union.
Tillman and Grant James (“Funtimes in Babylon,” “I Love You, Honeybear”) also co-directed Pure Comedy: The Film, a 25-minute long documentary about the making of the new record. Father John Misty’s first live appearance in support of Pure Comedy will be on the Coachella mainstage, Fridays April 14th, and 21st.
Pure Comedy tracklisting:
1. Pure Comedy
2. Total Entertainment Forever
3. Things it Would Have Been Helpful to Know Before the Revolution
4. Ballad of the Dying Man
6. Leaving LA
7. A Bigger Paper Bag
8. 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 or So