Father John Misty, currently out on the road in support of his acclaimed LP3 Pure Comedy, continues to hand out digital gifts. His latest is a tongue-in-cheek reimagining of his latest album’s title track, in which Misty affects the voice of a classic country crooner.
Where “Pure Comedy” is a subdued and somber album-opening mission statement, “Pure Country” is more of a loose, lively romp, delivered with a wink—Misty struggles to hold in laughter during the bridge, and later calls out, “That’s right, boys, bring it on home!”
Leave it to Misty to record and release a (surprisingly effective) satirization of his own song. “Now libs and chuds each have their own version [of the song] to weaponize,” the singer-songwriter wryly remarks in the song’s YouTube description. (Of course, none of this has stopped commenters from demanding a country version of Pure Comedy itself.)
Country reworks and live performance clips are all well and good, but what we really need is that fourth LP—last we heard, Misty had begun the mixing process on his new album. Stay tuned for further updates, and for whatever Misty decides to share with us next.
Listen to “Pure Country” below, and Misty’s 2012 Daytrotter Session beneath that.