You will have all heard the ‘silver lining’ take on Donald Trump’s presidency being espoused by the music media, that in face of an oppressive regime great art may be born out of resistance. While this may be of small comfort in the greater scheme of things, 2017 has already yielded some impressive political music, such as ‘Hallelujah Money’, which was released by Gorillaz on Friday. However, Father John Misty may have just released the definitive song for the revolution.
‘Pure Comedy’ was uploaded to his YouTube account overnight and is a blistering yet beautiful piano-led pop song, in which Misty’s typical sarcasm is met with a straight-faced belief that we can do better.
The video is a mixture of found footage and animation, detailing the lyrics, which decry the greed, piousness and fear of the American right wing that has led to the ascendancy of Trump. ‘Their idea of being free is a prison of beliefs,’ sings Misty, before coming to the sad yet somehow quietly optimistic conclusion that ‘I hate to say it, but each other’s all we’ve got.’