After a few droplets of teasers shared on his socials, Father John Misty has finally announced his fifth album: it’s called Chloë and the Next 20th Century and will come out on April 8 through Bella Union (UK/EU) and Sub Pop (North America). He’s also shared a video for new song “Funny Girl”.
The new album features arrangements from Drew Erickson, and those are on full display in “Funny Girl”, a classy slice of throwback crooner pop. As ever, FJM’s voice is draped across the track, telling a tale of a lovably odd character, the singer’s affection for them evident in his tone but accentuated by the glitzy woodwinds and dazzling strings. It’s reminiscent of a classic Hollywood soundtrack, which goes hand in hand with the “Funny Girl”, who’s trying to make her way through the modern film industry – her timing’s no good, but she charmed the pants off Letterman, and it sure as heck seems like FJM is head over heels for her.
The video for “Funny Girl”, created by Nicholas Ashe Bateman, does not go in the direction you’d expect, but we know how our singer likes to be a little perverse. Take a watch below or find the track on streaming platforms.