Father John Misty shares “Ballad of the Dying Man,”
from Pure Comedy, his forthcoming album
Pure Comedy is available for pre-order in UK/Europe from Bella Union and the rest of the world from Sub Pop.
Father John Misty’s “Ballad of the Dying Man” is the gorgeous new single and standout track from Pure Comedy, his forthcoming third album. Beats 1’s Zane Lowe also named “Ballad of the Dying
Man” his “World Record” on today’s show. Tune in later this morning (10am PST) to hear the track, as well as the first installment of Tillman’s two-part interview with Lowe, where they discuss the making of the album.
“Ballad of the Dying Man” follows the release of “Pure Comedy”, the prescient title track released late last month, a surreal, 30-minute film about the making of the album, and the thought provoking “Two Wildly Different Perspectives”, earlier this week.
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.
Pure Comedy’s front/back covers and gatefold feature a gargantuan original piece (his first ever commission of its kind) by Ed Steed (The New Yorker) and is now available for preorder through Bella Union, Father John Misty’s Official Store and Sub Pop in the following formats:
– A Deluxe 2xLP version on aluminum & copper vinyl, a die-cut customizable jacket with 4 interactive “background” sleeves (so you can have whatever sky you damn well feel like as the cover), all encased in a clear slipcase. Includes a fold-out poster and an exclusive holographic tarot card not available in the standard FJM’s Ha Deck by Ed Steed.
– A 2xLP gatefold version also available in 4 cover variations on black vinyl
– A CD gatefold digipak with slipcase available in 4 cover variations