Father John Misty / Corb Lund & Ian Tyson
CityFolk, Lansdowne Park
It was an evening of a number of personalities on the CityFolk stage on Saturday, with the coupling of hurtin’ Albertan Corb Lund and nation legend Ian Tyson, earlier than Father John Misty introduced a couple of cut up personalities of his personal.
The previous Josh Tillman has been making mighty waves since leaving dreamy indie-folkies Fleet Foxes, ditching his beginning title and adopting the persona of the wild-eyed Laurel Canyon rocker.
Tillman, whose third album, Pure Comedy, has gained important approval for its wordy ruminations on life and loss of life, faith, politics and the setting, is clearly a person with loads to say.
Opening with the title observe from Pure Comedy, Tillman dove proper into his ideas on his evangelical upbringing, which he finally rejected to turn out to be the self-described “bearded weirdo” that appeared onstage Saturday.
“Oh, their religions are one of the best / They worship themselves but they’re completely obsessed… And so they get terribly upset if you query their sacred texts /
Written by woman-hating epileptics.”
Sure, the stream of consciousness songcraft, like a latter-day Kerouac on a Benzedrine binge, can take just a little getting used to.
As Tillman revealed in a latest late night time discuss present, he had thought of making his album right into a “full-blown musical,” however freaked out in the midst of a flight when his potential choreographer began inquiring about the right way to depict the scene “the place the Woman Scouts assault Mom Nature.”
However Father John Misty had no want for the added theatrics in his Ottawa debut Saturday. Strutting round with a stage swagger that fell someplace between Mick Jagger and Jim Morrison, with an occasional James Brown-esque leap to his knees, he got here throughout like a contemporary age protest singer steeped in irony with hipster denims.
On Complete Leisure Without end he fantasized of “bedding Taylor Swift” — a lyric that earned him a good quantity of bother, but additionally drew some welcome consideration when it was launched as a single this summer time.
His lyrical calisthenics have been at their free-flowing peak on Issues It Would Have Been Useful to Know Earlier than the Revolution and Ballad of the Dying Man, however turned positively playful on the cheeky Nancy From Now On, from his debut Worry Enjoyable.
His Chateau Foyer #4 (in C for Two Virgins) demanded each ounce of consideration from the gang and he finally needed to “test in” with the gang to make sure they have been nonetheless following alongside.
The rocking Hollywood Cemetery Without end, one other wonderful lower from his debut, got here as a little bit of a reward for the followers who simply needed to rock alongside.
With a lot to say in music, Misty didn’t have a lot in the best way of banter, however appeared to have his thoughts blown mid-set when he realized “the man on stage” earlier than him taking part in 4 Sturdy Winds was the identical man, Ian Tyson, who wrote the music.
“Whoa,” he marvelled.
Followers who might have simply been launched to Father John Misty might have had an identical response.
Whereas it was Father John Misty who marketed “Pure Comedy,” it was the all-star Alberta duo of Ian Tyson and Corb Lund that introduced it, with a captivating hour-long set of back-and-forth banter and a few really hilarious tall tales.
“Corb’s dad was a vet and an excellent one. He rode broncos. He didn’t trip them very effectively, however he was an excellent vet,” joked Tyson introducing M.C. Horses.
Tyson’s weathered voice struck a stark distinction to Lund’s fresh-faced twang, but it surely was his humour that shone via as he had the gang in stitches, introducing Sometime Quickly as “a music that’s been actual good to me… It’s paid a variety of alimony and acquired me a couple of horses.”
And the pair might have invented their very own nation style alongside the best way.
“I’ve been taking part in on the fringes of nation and western for a few years,” stated Lund. “Typically it’s known as outsider nation, they used to name it outlaw nation. Now they name it Americana. However we’ve our personal subgenre known as agricultural tragic … or agri-trag.”
No matter it was known as, it was unbelievable, with the 2 hanging round for further time to sing out on 4 Sturdy Winds, and making a brand new fan of Father John Misty whereas they have been at it.
CityFolk concludes Sunday with Rodriguez headlining.