It's been a fun morning with two fine examples of tease: the first, this set of 'poetry' questions from Martin Stannard here; and then Father John Misty's [Josh Tillman] genuinely serious joke of releasing free the musical backdrop to his forthcoming album - so no vocals - with this explanation:
I am pleased to introduce SAP, a new signal-to-audio process by which
popular albums are "sapped" of their performances, original vocal,
atmosphere and other distracting affectations so the consumer can decide
quickly and efficiently whether they like a musical composition, based
strictly on its formal attributes, enough to spend money on it. SAP
files sound incredible when compressed and streamed at low resolutions
over any laptop speaker or cell phone. They are cheap to produce and
take up even less space than the average MP3. They contain just enough
meta-data to be recognized by sophisticated genre aggregation software.
Everything you love about discovering and sharing free music, minus the
cost to anyone: artist or fan.
You can read more about this offering here, and there are also video clips of live performances of his songs here, so vocals included, and as I write today it is definitely contemporary with a joke about being snowed in, and also an ad lib about someone in the audience holding his hand as if it was Ed Sheeran's.