In the wake of Donald Trump winning the US Presidential election, Father John Misty has released a number of political statements – culminating in new track ‘Holy Hell’. Check it out below.
Taking to Facebook, the former Fleet Foxes turned solo sensation shared his thoughts on neo-liberalism and globalism, commenting on the divisions between left and right before concluding “but tell me, seriously, someone, where does the hate speech fit into this?” He then experienced somewhat a backlash, leading him to comment “to be despised in equal measure by twitter liberals and message board frog kiddies”.
Then, he uploaded new track ‘Holy Hell’ – a politically-charged but sombre piece of piano-led chamber pop in which he laments “damn the future ain’t looking so bright…”, ending with the reassuring lines: “But all my friends, yeah, I’m talking to you/The world won’t end unless we want it to/There’s no one in control/And it’s our life to choose.”
This comes after Misty spoke out against a contestant on The Voice US covering his track ‘Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings‘, when he earlier mysteriously deleted his Twitter and Instagram accounts earlier this year.
There has been no confirmation whether Father John deleted his accounts to await the launch of new music as Radiohead did for ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’, although he did recently keep posting a video of himself in the studio over and over again to Instagram, with various philosophical captions. The last album he released was ‘I Love You, Honeybear’ in 2015.
Earlier this year he used his Instagram account to “claim responsibility” for the alleged theft of a rose quartz crystal from an LA juice bar.