Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
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The man behind Father John Misty is actually called Josh and not John. Josh Tillman is American and you may have heard him playing the drums for Fleet Foxes.
-> If you haven’t heard any Fleet Foxes album I suggest you go directly here and come back in an hour.
Now, Josh – or John, visibly wanted to write something about his wedding and his wife.
If you are going to get married in the next couple of days, we strongly suggest not to listen to the lyrics. Just pretend you don’t understand them, as John is terribly melancholic, without any illusions and might not have the happiest thoughts on earth.
If you were not to listen to the lyrics – which would be missing half of the album as they’re excellent, the music style could be described as indie folk/pop (whatever that means). What is interesting is that the music itself is quite “happy” and light. Then you listen to Josh’s voice and well, everything is not so naive anymore.
Let me give you an example: go and listen to “The Night Josh Tillman Came to Our Apartment“.
It reminded me of the Beach Boys on Pet Sounds, this ability to put a Christmas bright, nice pop, only half hiding Brian Wilson in the background nearly committing suicide while writing his lyrics.
Anyway, I do hope that you like Pet Sounds and that you will enjoy I Love You, Honeybear just as much as I did.
- Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins) – When You’re Smiling and Astride – The Night Josh Tillman Came to Our Apartment