Father John Misty

While Josh Tillman managed to maintain a prolific solo career during his years as the drummer for famed Seattle folk-rockers Fleet Foxes, his debut under the new moniker Father John Misty still plays like the enticing introduction to a major new talent. Written and recorded shortly after Tillman parted ways with Fleet Foxes and relocated to California, this album shows him clearly going for broke. The dozen tracks that make up Father John Misty's Fear Fun find Tillman moving beyond the minimalist Americana that defined his namesake recorded efforts in favor of lush and surprisingly melodic material that injects a bit of breezy West Coast pop into his previously bleak balladry. His voice has taken a similarly inviting turn, ditching downtrodden conversational twang in favor of a more expressive style that veers beautifully into the upper end of his register. Given the rapturous responses that similarly toned efforts from the likes of Bon Iver and James Vincent McMorrow have garnered it's easy to envision Father John Misty making Tillman every bit as huge as the band he left behind. With Har Mar Superstar and Fort Wilson Riot. 18+. (Photo by Emma Garr)
Fri., May 11, 8 p.m., 2012

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