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Hear Father John Misty Chronicle Narcissist’s Death in New Song

Gospel-tinged “Ballad of the Dying Man” previews singer-songwriter’s upcoming third LP, ‘Pure Comedy’

Father John Misty (A.K.A. Josh Tillman) takes aim at Internet age self-absorption on his hilarious new single “Ballad of the Dying Man.” Over a Beatles-esque piano and acoustic guitar, Tillman observes one man’s final moments: “So says the dying man, ‘Once I’m in the box, just think of all the overrated hacks running amok/ All the pretentious, ignorant voices that will go unchecked/ The homophobes, hipsters and one-percent.'”

After lamenting not being able to beat back “the rising tide of idiots, dilettantes and fools on his watch while he was alive,” the protagonist succumbs to his fate – but not before a quick Facebook scan: “Eventually the dying man takes his dying breath/ But first checks his news feed to see what he’s ’bout to miss.” The track gradually swells to a cathartic climax, assisted by a gospel choir.

“Ballad of the Dying Man” is the latest track from his upcoming third LP, Pure Comedy. On Monday, Tillman released the somber piano ballad “Two Wildly Different Perspectives,” paired with a politically charged video featuring children and guns. He also issued the album’s grandiose title track with a surreal, Trump-referencing video. 

Pure Comedy, which follows 2015’s I Love You Honeybear, is out April 7th. 

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