Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear

Josh Tillman has released music under many names but most famously he was the drummer in ‘Fleet Foxes’ but he has surpassed himself with his second album under the Father John Misty moniker. ‘I Love You, Honeybear’ contains eleven songs of pure joy think Okkervil River’s ‘The Silver Gymnasium’ with its childlike exuberance mixed with the lyrical wit of Mark Kozelek all playing in the same ball park as John Grant and you’re close. Traditional songs are turned on their heads with the addition of Strings and brass in various styles from ragtime jazz to mariachi. Anyone who can make the lines ‘She says, like literally, music is the air she breathes, And the malaprops make me want to fucking scream, I wonder if she even knows what that word means’ from fourth track ‘The Night Josh Tillman Came to Our Apt’ is a genius in my book. Contained within this concept album of sorts is the story of Josh Tillman a jaded musician/artist who doesn’t believe in love or ‘the one’ until it smacks him in the face and then he has to wrestle with the emotions given by the circumstance he now finds himself in. This is beautifully apparent in the lyrics that are on the one hand heartfelt but with a tongue firmly stuck in its cheek. ‘Bored in the USA’ plays off Springsteen but has the biting satire of Rufus Wainwright’s ‘Going to a Town’ complete with canned laughter (a first for a song?) and ‘Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)’ contains my favourite lines in recent times ‘First time, you let me stay the night despite your own rules, You took off early to go cheat your way through film school, You left a note in your perfect script: “Stay as long as you want” I haven’t left your bed since’. It’s just one of many uplifting moments on an album that, even on first listen, is an instant classic.


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