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Father John Misty shows off his pop chops with trilogy of "Generic Pop Songs"

20 March 2017, 09:56 | Written by Laurence Day

Father John Misty has shared three big new tracks - "Generic Pop Song #3", "Generic Pop Song #9", and "Generic Pop Song #16".

The tracks - not part of the tracklisting for Misty's upcoming record Pure Comedy - arrive after a major trashing of the pop industry. Misty last year worked with Lady Gaga and Beyoncé on their latest records.

"Okay, let me tell you as someone who made a grotesque foray into this world - because I have also been subjected to this music my whole life and wanted to know how the sausage was made just out of fucking morbid curiosity - there is nothing not wildly audience-tested and calculated about this fucking music," Misty told Pitchfork. "Exempting myself from this conversation, the people who get accused of being calculated? Psht! It’s truly a joke... if you think that pop stars are anything other than prisoners, then you are fucking kidding yourself. I know them. They are crying for help in their music."

It's unclear if "Generic Pop Song #3" is the same as the B-side for the "Real Love Baby" 7" - titled "Rejected Generic Pop Song, March ’15 #3". In any case, all three new offerings are very polished and veer away from the lounge-y folk pop observations Misty's grown a reputation for.

Pure Comedy is out next month - we've already heard a handful of songs from it, including the title track, "Ballad Of The Dying Man", "Total Entertainment Forever", and "Two Wildly Different Perspectives".

Misty headlines End Of The Road festival this year with Mac DeMarco and Bill Callahan - find out more.

Pure Comedy is released 7 April via Bella Union. Pre-order now.
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