There are a few talking points frequently mentioned when discussing Father John Misty. You'll often hear mention of his involvement as former drummer for indie powerhouse Fleet Foxes, and you're sure to learn of previous solo efforts under his abbreviated given name, J. Tillman. Almost as if in anticipation of these nuggets of history, Tillman takes a clerical bent on "Fear Fun" to rewrite his own history on this, his eighth solo album overall, but first as Father John Misty. Drawing inspiration from his chosen home of Los Angeles, Tillman fashions a creation myth, building his reinvention slowly while expanding on the impetus for the change, all while making motions to earn himself a pious following. You'll hear dashes of the folk sounds that have made his former band so popular, and some tracks that take on a downright countrified bent.
Father John Misty plays Saturday, January 12, 8 p.m. at Water Street Music Hall, 204 N. Water St. $15-$17. Waterstreetmusic.com.