In case you haven’t noticed, Father John Misty is a peculiar dude. Misty is a truly enigmatic artist whose musicianship is as polarising as his personality. The rise and rise of the former Fleet Fox is pretty damn impressive when you think about it. I mean, it’s not all that often you see a drummer in a band like the Fleet Fox’s jump ship to pursue- and enjoy a very successful career in- a darker shade of Indie Folk music. Having admitted to exceeding his own expectations in terms of his solo success a long time ago, it’s comforting to see that he’s keeping the gas on with tracks like Smoochie, off his album that dropped late last week titled, Pure Comedy.
Putting the satirical/controversial nature of his lyricism aside, people often forget that Misty’s silky smooth voice alone is enough to grab your attention. Echoed by a barely audible demonic growl Misty shows off his pipes with the opening lines, “When my personal demons are screaming/ and when my door of madness is half open.” Resting beneath a faint slide- and acoustic- guitar, Misty expresses the weight of his inner angst and how the burden of his ‘personal demons’ and ‘concealment’ is made a little lighter by his partner’s love. A simple but powerful love song that sounds a little like Early Elton John.