Father John Misty has hinted that his upcoming new record may surprise fans. In a recent interview the former Fleet Foxes man discussed the records ‘reggae influences’ and suggested that the album will be ‘non-political’.
Father John Misty has become somewhat well known for being a bit of a prankster. Over the last few years he has ‘trolled’ a number of fellow artists, streaming companies and music journalists, and due to his antics it is often best to take his comments with a pinch of salt.
Misty (formerly Joshua Tillman) has developed into one of America’s most celebrated new artists since releasing his debut record ‘Fear Fun’ in 2012. Despite previously achieving a moderate level of success with Fleet Foxes, his career has taken an undeniable upwards turn since becoming a solo musician, and he is often cited as being one of the most exciting alt-pop artists on the planet.
In 2015 Misty released his second studio album ‘I Love You, Honeybear’. The record peaked at number two on the US Folk Albums chart and was supported by the brilliant singles ‘Bored In The USA’ and ‘Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins). He is currently working on a brand new record that is rumoured to drop in mid 2017.
In a recent interview with Q, Misty said of the album: “This album underwent more re-writes than anything I’ve done so far,”
Adding: “I met with some big producers and major labels and I realised that it really comes down to pragmatism versus your ideals. And those decisions are only made well if they’re based on ideals.”
When asked if stand alone songs ‘Real Love Baby’ and ‘Holy Hell’ would represent the overall sound of the upcoming record, Misty stated that the tracks were actually ‘red herrings’ and the record would take a more ‘reggae influenced’ direction. Whether or not Misty is telling the truth remains to be seen.