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Since 2012, Father John Misty aka Josh Tillman has unexpectedly emerged as a
singular (if not undeniably, um, 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 berzerk,"
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 a real enigma.

Pure Comedy sees Tillman at the height of these powers: as a lyricist, and
equally so a cultural observer - at times bordering on freakishly prescient.
Tillman's bent critiques, bared humanity and gently warped classic
songwriting are all here in equal measure and - at 75 minutes -
there's a veritable ton 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 candor, and in terms
as timely as they are timeless.

Tillman wrote the majority of 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 (the legendary Ocean Way Studios, favored by Frank Sinatra and
The Beach Boys) in Los Angeles March 2016.

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

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