Father John Misty: “Bored in the USA”

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Father John Misty has released the first single off of his new album.

“Bored in The USA” is a slow, piano-based satire, backed with Josh Tillman’s powerful vocals and even more powerful lyrics.

As a play off the 1984 Bruce Springsteen hit “Born in The USA”, Father John Misty strikes the same political chord 30 years later. Lines like “they gave me a useless education” and “keep my prescriptions filled” are echoed with corny laughter typical of a game show from the sixties.

In a sea of singles about shaking your assets and self-centered love, it is, at the least, refreshing. This beautifully written melody matched with a well-informed perspective of American culture is more of a twin to Springsteen than a rip-off.

Father John Misty is the newest side project of singer-songwriter J. Tillman, former Fleet Foxes drummer. “Bored in The USA” is the introduction to the second Father John album, “I Love You Honeybear”, set for release in February 2015.

According to SubPop, “I Love You, Honeybear is a concept album about a guy named Josh Tillman who spends quite a bit of time banging his head against walls, cultivating weak ties with strangers and generally avoiding intimacy at all costs”.

The highly anticipated album will be available in four different formats that include 11 songs total – hopefully all as wonderfully mastered as this release.

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