“Father John Misty” by derekskey is licensed under CC BY 2.0.
Father John Misty – real name, Josh Tillman – has released an EP of covers. The release brings together three previously recorded tracks and the newly recorded title song.
The highlight is the EP’s title song Anthem, a cover of a 1992 Leonard Cohen track. Doing away with the backing singers and orchestra of Cohen’s original, Tillman’s sparse arrangement allows his voice to take centre stage. It brings new life to the track, with a hint of sadness and despair that Cohen’s original recording perhaps lacks.