April 30, 2012
Father John Misty - 'Fear Fun'
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8 / 10 Having officially taken leave of his drumming duties in Fleet Foxes at the start of 2012, and with a host of solo albums as J Tillman packing out his suede knapsack, Josh Tillman has decided to start afresh. Casting himself as Father John Misty, a Laurel Canyon transplant equally repelled and fascinated by the self-centred sprawl of LA, his ‘Fear Fun’ is a country-leaning, wise-cracking masterwork. A droll riposte to those who think post-millennial folk music is po-faced, check out the urban hillbilly hustle of ‘Writing A Novel’ for lyrics loaded with offhand wit. ‘Only Son Of The Ladiesman’ sees undulating melodies circle around beautiful, balls-out harmonies and in ‘Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings’ – a track far darker and more brusquely electric than anything else here – he’s also got a serious contender for song of the year. A striking funereal stomp, considering its bleak subject matter, it really shouldn’t be quite as sensationally sexy as it is.
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