July 5, 2022

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It's the thriller of Misty from schmaltz to waltz

Father John – aka Joshua Tillman – is among the oddest artists round at the moment and positively essentially the most attention-grabbing. His work is morbid, darkly humorous and tough to outline.

This, his fifth solo album, attracts on an uncommon palette of genres, from schmaltz to waltztime, with the unifying aspect of Misty’s warm-as-toast vocals.

He jumps between musical types with the slick ease of Rory Bremner mimicking politicians, even throwing in Sixties’ bossa nova with Olvidado (Otro Momento). Tender nation ballad Goodbye Mr Blue (ostensibly a couple of dying cat) borrows its tune and its really feel from

Harry Nilsson’s All people’s Talkin’, made well-known by Glen Campbell.

Chloë might have been written by Noel Coward. It feels like a pre-war massive band however the crooned lyrics inform a extra trendy story.

Is Chloë – a shoplifting socialist who hangs out with artwork critics – the narrator’s alter ego? We all know from verse two that she’s a he and, from the final one, that she threw herself from a balcony on her thirty first birthday to the strains of Burning Witches’ Flight Of The Valkyries.

Humorous Lady, which references a “five-foot Cleopatra”, is an enthralling, if maudlin, homage to old-school Hollywood and Liz Taylor who did certainly “attraction the pants off Letterman” in 1996.

Its lush orchestration could possibly be straight from an old-school musical. Misty ends with The Subsequent twentieth Century, a provocative, often explosive lament with lyrics that learn like an acid journey by human folly.

Dreamy melodies, intriguing ideas and a few bewitching vibes abound.

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Is it sincere, is it satire? Do not anticipate Father John to inform us.