Lana Del Rey and Father John Misty share a metropolis, a sensibility, and a dedication to character-creation. The two labored collectively in 2016 on the 10-minute-long video for Del Rey’s “Freak,” by which Misty performed an erratic, comedian cult chief, but it surely’s troublesome to think about that being the finish of issues. Misty—born Josh Tillman, and nonetheless Josh Tillman every now and then—has known as Del Rey—born Lizzy Grant, however hardly ever Lizzy Grant anymore—a “genius” with whom he’d like to work in earnest. The two new Father John Misty singles that got here out the different week advised that Tillman is (thank God) steering his character again in direction of sweeping, witty, self-lacerating love songs, one yr after attempting to diagnose society’s folly on Pure Comedy. He’s again in Lana’s territory.
For proof, the video up high exhibits Father John Misty protecting Lana Del Rey’s “Ride,” a sweeping standout ballad from her 2012 EP, Paradise. It’s a tough minimize, however the audio’s not dangerous. Misty, alone with an acoustic guitar, performs it straight, even reaching as much as catch Del Rey’s near-impossible excessive notes in direction of the finish. It was Misty’s manner of presenting Del Rey with the Global Impact Award finally evening’s ASCAP Pop Music Awards in (appropriately) Beverly Hills. Misty presents the award in his personal bizarre manner: “You may take all the crap songwriters and put them in a bunker for a thousand years and they’d not give you ‘I fucked my option to the high,’ ever.”
Please get pleasure from this extraordinarily Los Angeles second.
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