Father John Misty: Pure Comedy

Josh Tillman’s shtick as Father John Misty is to shock you with uncomfortable truths about modern American life while soothing you with mellow, Laurel Canyon-style rock—or so it would seem on Pure Comedy. As with his first two full-lengths, Tillman produced the album with Jonathan Wilson, a purveyor of vintage L.A. psychedelia. But Pure Comedy is distinctly more solemn and sedate than before, and perhaps that’s the appropriate tone when one sings of humanity’s insignificance or a civilization in decline. No distorted rockers nor jangly-pop moments this time around, just Tillman’s lyrical barbs suspended in a languid matrix of mystical …