As I continue to heal from a broken hand, Lemonade President Aaron Mannari continues to send me more and more music to listen to. It is his way of saying stop binge watching Marvel series on Netflix and do something. Now as a huge Father John Misty fan, I had already heard “Leaving LA” off of his latest album, Pure Comedy, but I of course had not seen the video yet.
The last music video I wrote a post about was a seven minute alt-rock opera with a slew of twists and turns (“Astoria” from Marianas Trench), where as Father John Misty‘s latest is a whopping 13 minutes of essentially the same chord progression throughout. Does this make it boring? Absolutely not! Lately, in these somewhat troubled times, we find ourselves drawn to voices like Father John Misty. It is an essential part to our progression as a nation and is cathartic for listeners. Even if Father John Misty is simply a character Josh Tillman created, he may as well be the Uncle Sam of the modern revolution.
I could list off all my favorite lyrics from this song, but it is better if you listen to them yourself and listen closely. Father John Misty‘s way of merging the modern dictionary with an antique sound is perhaps one of the most unique gifts the music world has given us as of late. “Leaving LA” is complex in its simplicity and an absolute masterpiece. A simple black and white video from the studio could not be a more perfect fit.
Check out the brand new video for “Leaving LA” by Father John Misty below on YouTube and pick up the third album, Pure Comedy, from the LA-based singer/songwriter on iTunes now.
Editor in Chief of Lemonade Magazine