by Bill Forman
Yes, it's the Indy's annual — and highly subjective — countdown of the year's most intriguing, compelling and just plain enjoyable songs. You can pick up our December 26 issue to find the complete story, along with a rundown of local musicians' favorites. In the meantime, here's #7....
Father John Misty, “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings”
Father John Misty’s Fear Fun album was an immaculately composed, perfectly polished pop-rock debut that took critics by surprise, given that the album’s creator had been best-known as the drummer for Fleet Foxes. Actually, Josh Tillman had numerous singer-songwriterly albums under his own name before abandoning the coffee-house-circuit vibe for a more full-spectrum sound. Standout track “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings” is incurably hooky, with the forever cynical Tillman wringing four notes from a single syllable: “Je-e-e-e-sus Christ, girl / I laid up for hours in a daze / Retracing the expanse of your American back / With Adderall and weed in my veins.” — BF
Note: Father John Misty will be playing the Black Sheep on Jan. 5.