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Hymns for Heathens

When: Wed., July 31, 7:30 p.m. 2013

Though Father John Misty isn’t actually a man of the lord, the pseudonym of Josh Tillman is probably inspired by Tillman’s Christian upbringing and his one-time interest in being a pastor. Having been recording and releasing solo albums since 2005, Tillman assumed the moniker Father John Misty after he left the Seattle-based folk rock band Fleet Foxes a year ago and began to do some soul-searching (and some shroom-dropping) in order to find his “narrative voice” and create his latest work, Fear Fun. Primarily driven by acoustic guitar and soft singing, this indie folk album manages to have a first generation rock ’n’ roll feel to it with “Tee Pees 1-12” features a dominating presence of fiddles, and “I’m Writing a Novel” has a first-generation rock ’n’ roll feel to it with its piano chords. Tillman’s lyrics are more than worthy of being labeled folk music as they paint detailed surrealist stories. And though you shouldn’t categorize this album under the “Christian” music genre, Tillman name-drops Jesus Christ in tunes such as “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings” and “Everyman Needs a Companion” while “O I Long to Feel Your Arms Around Me” features a hymn-inspired organ. (Sam Mendez)

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