Yeah, the album artwork is kooky – and that’s really just the beginning of it.
My friend Brad introduced Father John Misty’s Fear Fun to me with the caveat: “There’s nothing else quite like it out there right now,” and I’ve been hooked on this album now for months.
But there’s something somewhat nostalgic about Joshua Tillman’s sound – but also something unsettling. At times, it’s reminiscent of 70’s hard-edged rock, then later, much easier to stomach with a folkish stringed softness.
The first three tracks are definitely my favorite – and I could almost be content with listening to them exclusively. But the rest of the album stretches his versatility, providing interesting elaborations on Tillman’s remarkable storytelling and expression.
Here’s the official video for “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings.”
Warning: It’s slightly disturbing.
On the flip-side: It’s by far the least offensive of all of his music videos.