Preview: Father John Misty reaches surpasses genre boundaries

By Matthew Lovett
From the May 16, 2013 edition

UPDATE: This show has been cancelled for medical reasons. The Wexner Center has info about ticket refunds here.

Too often folk music is pigeonholed into a genre solely defined by an exhausted acoustic aesthetic and a vocalist that is equally as subdued.

At best, a folk band’s only hope is its lead singer providing some sort of distinctive trait to help pull the band together to make the listening experience far more stimulating.

Father John Misty, the project of ex-Fleet Foxes member Joshua Tillman, might be quintessentially folky to some degree, but Tillman’s solo music is far more dynamic than many folk-rockers of the past.

Tillman’s voice is a rapturous one, suspended by the soaring harmonies that bellow beneath him. Never a dull moment is had when listening to Father John Misty; notes of country as well as straightforward rock ’n’ roll are present all over his debut album, Fear Fun.

Tillman’s Father John Misty is, then, a sonic collaboration of youthful enthusiasm and pure roots folk.