Release date: April 07, 2017
Label: Sub Pop Records, Bella Union Records
Produced by: Father John Misty, Jonathan Wilson
Pure Comedy is the third studio album by American folk musician Josh Tillman under his pseudonym Father John Misty, released on April 7, 2017 through Bella Union (UK and Europe) and Sub Pop Records. The album was produced by Josh Tillman along with Jonathan Wilson.
Tillman included an 1800-word-long essay about the album's symbolism and meaning in the release announcement email to his fan club: "Pure Comedy is the story of a species born with a half-formed brain. The species' only hope for survival, finding itself on a cruel, unpredictable rock surrounded by other species who seem far more adept at this whole thing (and to whom they are delicious), is the reliance on other, slightly older, half-formed brains. This reliance takes on a few different names as their story unfolds, like "love," "culture," "family," etc. Over time, and as their brains prove to be remarkably good at inventing meaning where there is none, the species becomes the purveyor of increasingly bizarre and sophisticated ironies. These ironies are designed to help cope with the species' loathsome vulnerability and to try and reconcile how disproportionate their imagination is to the monotony of their existence."