The Mood Was Strong With Father John Misty At Outside Lands Introspective, seductive and witty: That Is Father John Misty
SAN FRANCISCO, CA-
“… After working up a serious sweat, losing my shit with N.E.R.D., I decided to traverse the festival grounds for a change of pace to to catch the inimitable Father John Misty do his thing.
There’s something calming about Father John Misty’s music. Whenever I hear him sing his folk melodies, my pulse always seems to settle down. Introspective, seductive and witty, his music has a way of calming the mind and drawing you into his deceptively mellow world.
I say deceptively, because his music expresses strong, “angst-aginst-the-world” points of views. While he may be strutting his lean, lanky frame across the stage, it’s to an underlying beat and message with meaning and thoughtfulness. A more obviously expression of this came during his performance of “The Palace”. As he sat on the edge of the stage, he let his lyrics consume him, almost in a penitent manner. With his head resting on his fist, he sand, “Maybe I’ll get a pet, Learn how to take care of someone else, Maybe I’ll name him Jeff, But I think it might defeat the purpose, Living on house keeping and room service”, there was a palpable and visual sense of regret that I just couldn’t turn away from.
Don’t get me wrong, like his most recent album, God’s Favorite Customer, the performance, as a whole, was rather carefree and playful. But having binged on his music on multiple occasions when I was searching for a sonic solace, I was more focused on the meaning and impetus behind the joy, and I got what I came for.