Trouble (Cat Stevens Cover)
Joshua Tillman (a.k.a. Father John Misty) has set the modern standard for psych-folk weirdness. “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings” and “Only Son of the Ladies’ Man” summed up his ability to create lyrical and musical other-worlds and plant them squarely in the present. His concerts are part spoken word, part stand up comedy, part old-school philosophy and part musical showcase. In short, Father John Misty is one of a kind, and thank god we have him.
Since Fear Fun, we haven’t heard much new material from him. He’s done some touring, lent his voice to True Detective’s “Angry River” and is believed to be continuing work on his novel about a man writing a book about post-apocalyptic dystopian roving band of Chihuahuas. Now living in New Orleans, he’s working on a second album that he says in a recent Pitchfork interview, is more lyrically intimate.
In what might be a preview what’s to come, he just put out a fantastic new cover of Cat Stevens’ “Trouble.” As part of the soundtrack for the forthcoming documentary ONCE I WAS: The Hal Ashby Story, the original song was first featured on Harold and Maude. FJM’s version is darker, carried by his distinctive wistful, baritone voice that gives extra weight to the story of a man who’s had enough to deal with for one life. Stream it below.