Artist of the week: Father John Misty
Father John Misty is the current moniker of Joshua Tillman (aka J. Tillman), an American folk singer-songwriter, guitarist, and drummer, who has maintain a steady output of solo recordings since the mid-00s, when he released a couple of CD-R albums (2004’s I Will Return and 2006’s Long May You Run, J. Tillman). He is also a former member of indie rock bands Saxon Shore and Fleet Foxes and has toured extensively with Pacific Northwest artists such as Damien Jurado, Jesse Sykes and David Bazan. It was precisely after leaving Fleet Foxes in 2011 that he adopted the Father John Misty pseudonym and released 2012’s Fear Fun, a Laurel Canyon-inspired backwoods affair filled with sardonic humor, demons and easy women that instantly received rave reviews and left his previous work forgotten in the dust.
I Love You, Honeybear is exactly the kind of album you would expect from the same duo (Josh Tillman and Jonathan Wilson) that produced Father John Misty’s celebrated debut: sexy, literate, caustically funny and sumptuously arranged. But above all soars an impeccable collection of memorable melodies and beautiful harmonies that will definitely bring new devotees to his sinful cult.
João Pedro da Costa is a web studies scholar and a music fan.