It hasn’t even been a year since Father John Misty released the excellent Pure Comedy, but he’s already gearing up to unleash its follow-up—we’re definitely not complaining. In September, he told NME that his forthcoming album is “pretty much done.” Now, he’s revealed to Uncut some enticing details about the effort, describing it as “the real I Love You, Honeybear but without the cynicism.”
“Most of this next album was written in a six-week period where I was kind of on the straits,” he said. ”I was living in a hotel for two months. It’s kind of about … yeah … misadventure. The words were just pouring out of me. It’s really rooted in something that happened last year that was … Well, my life blew up. I think the music essentially serves the purpose of making the painful and the isolating less painful and less isolating. But in short, it’s a heartache album.”
He also revealed some working titles—”Ouch, I’m Drowning,” “Dum Dum Blues,” “Mr. Tillman, Please Exit The Lobby” and “Well, We’re Only People And There’s Nothing Much We Can Do About It”—of songs that will be included in the 10-track album, which is expected to be out in 2018, and also implied that it will be a departure from the “squarely concept albums” that he’s come out with in recent years.
While we wait for an official announcement, revisit Misty’s country reimagining of Pure Comedy’s title track, “Pure Country,” and listen to his Daytrotter Session circa 2012 below.