Father John Misty has previously penned songs for pop stars like Beyoncé and Lady Gaga, but now, he’s trying out the genre for himself: The musician dropped three new tracks Sunday titled “Generic Pop Song #3,” “Generic Pop Song #9,” and “Generic Pop Song #16.”
Misty — born Joshua Tillman — talked about his relationship with pop music in a recent interview with Pitchfork, where he said he made a “grotesque foray into this world” of pop by writing for major stars in the scene because he wanted “to know how the sausage was made just out of f–king morbid curiosity.”
“There is nothing not wildly audience-tested and calculated about this f–king music,” he said.
The tracks making up his “Generic Pop Song” trio do, indeed, sound like pop singles you’d hear on the radio. “#3” comes complete with gang vocals and plenty of clapping; “#9” is a catchy, soaring anthem; “#13” is a piano ballad with clichéd lyrics like “Sometimes I wish I could go right back / Right back to the start of you and me.”