To be honest, there's a whiff of arrogant yet self-deprecating affectation about Father John Misty. His lyrics are clever, fun and sometimes moving, though I'm not sure how to interpret his attitude to women.
But he has got one hell of a voice. He is also an absolutely charismatic, beguiling performer (with top dance moves) and his album is compulsively listenable. I particularly enjoy this song for its wry little message.
Now I'm Learning to Love the War, Father John Misty
Try not to think so much about
The truly staggering amount
that it takes to make a record
All the shipping,
the cellophane lining
The high gloss
The tape and
Try not to become too consumed
With what's a criminal volume
that it takes to paint a portrait
Aluminum tubes filled with latex
The solvents and dye
Let's just call this what it is:
The gentler side of mankind's death wish
When it's my time to go
I'm going to leave behind things that won't decompose
Try not to dwell so much upon
How it won't be so very long
that they laugh at us for selling
A bunch of 15-year-olds
made from dinosaur bones
singing "oh yeah"
Right up to the end
I'll just call this what it is:
My vanity gone wild with my crisis
One day this all will repeat
I sure hope they make something useful out of me
A superior sound quality version is found on his album Fear Fun.
Father John Misty lives here.