The fog clears

On his emo­tional fourth al­bum, mu­si­cal flâneur Fa­ther John Misty gives us glimpses of his real self

Esquire (UK) - - Culture -

What­ever you think of him, Fa­ther John Misty, the al­ter-ego of 37-year-old Josh Till­man, is al­ways ex­cel­lent value. His ab­surd lyrics, stand-off­ish per­sona and in­abil­ity to but­ton his shirt have won him flocks of fans. Yet, his fourth LP, God’s Favourite Cus­tomer, show­cases a more vul­ner­a­ble side

— a de­par­ture from the satir­i­cal jibes of his pre­vi­ous al­bum Pure Com­edy.

The tongue-in-cheek Misty is still very much in ev­i­dence on sin­gle “Mr Till­man”. It’s a funny track — lac­ing his story of a less-than-ideal ho­tel stay with wind­ing chord pro­gres­sions and an ab­sent-minded whistling in­ter­lude. How­ever, the likes of love-sick an­them “Just Dumb Enough to Try” opens the doors to his sin­cere side — that is, un­til we reach a syn­the­sised trum­pet solo.

God’s Favourite Cus­tomer is as close to earnest as Till­man has ven­tured since his 2012 de­but, Fear

Fun. While one would hes­i­tate to call it a whole­some al­bum, it’s nice to know there’s a hope­less ro­man­tic some­where be­neath all that fa­cial hair. —

God’s Favourite Cus­tomer is out on 1 June (Bella Union)

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