Stream 'Ballad of the Dying Man,' Father John Misty's New Single Off 'Pure Comedy'

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Father John Misty’s new single “Ballad of the Dying Man” was released this week, and it’s arguably one of the most engaging compositions he’s put together to date in his career. It includes this line:
Think of all the overrated hacks running amok/All of the pretentious, ignorant voices that will go unchecked/the homophobes, the hipsters & 1%
The song is a selection from his upcoming album, Pure Comedy, which will be released on April 7 via SubPop. Listen to it below:

Misty, real name Josh Tillman, is gearing up for a big year with Pure Comedy. His last record, 2015’s I Love You, Honeybear, was very well-received in the indie/rock world and Pure Comedy is setting up to be a fitting sequel. It’s currently up for pre-order on Misty’s official site and comes in a variety of editions, so vinyl enthusiasts take note.
Some insight abut the album from SubPop:
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 (fka 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 classical iconoclast Gavin Bryars (Jesus Blood Never Failed Me Yet, Sinking Of The Titanic), with additional contributions from Nico Muhly and Thomas Bartlett.
Here’s another new song, “Two Wildly Different Perspectives”:

As well as the title track:

Additionally, here’s a 25-minute short film/making-of video regarding Pure Comedy:



  • Laura says:

    I love the message! This track is not available in your country!

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