The Masterful Mockery of Father John Misty’s ‘1989’ Jibes

Originally published with Pitchfork on September 23, 2015.

Equally homage and interpretation, a cover song references as much as it reimagines. Yesterday, for a few brief hours, Father John Misty (Joshua Tillman) shared his version of two tracks off Ryan Adams’ just-released version of Taylor Swift’s 1989. Yeah, it’s like the Russian nesting dolls of covers. Taking on “Blank Space” and “Welcome to New York”, Tillman’s interpretations were less homage than tongue-in-cheek criticism, serving up wry commentary about the imbalance between surface and substance in endeavors like Adams’. Tillman’s two tracks roasted the surface-level sheen existent on Adams’ 1989, which is all very pretty, but lacking significance. [Full article available at Pitchfork]

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