Father John Misty’s New Album Is Unlike Anything He’s Done Before, In the Best Possible Way

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By Bonnie Stiernberg Back in 2017, Josh Tillman told me he was planning on killing Father John Misty. The idea was for the singer-songwriter to ditch — or at the very least, externalize — the character he had cultivated on his first two records, 2012’s Fear Fun and 2015’s I Love You, Honeybear by staging an elaborate, Synecdoche, New York-esque musical production centered around his then-new album Pure Comedy that ended with him, Tillman, watching Father John Misty (played by someone other than him) drown in a boat he had ironically drilled holes into to “illustrate the innate falseness of boa…

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