#987: 2015, Father John Misty, Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)

by Charlie_East_West on February 10, 2015

Yesterday marked the release of Josh Tillman’s sophomore album under the moniker of Father John Misty.

I am a huge fan of Father John Misty. His first album, Fear Fun is one of my favourite albums of the last decade, so I have been waiting in eager anticipation for his new album, I Love You Honeybear. I am pleased to report that I have not been left disappointed. Nor have the music critics, who are lavishing praise on the album. The album is absolutely wonderful, and shows a real creative progression from Fear Fun.

If Fear Fun was Misty’s album about a debauched, hedonistic yet empty lifestyle in California, I Love You Honeybear is an album about falling in love. This is not an album full of silly little love songs. It is an album packed full of trademark Tillman witticisms about modern living and many of the absurtities surrounding relationships.

Father John Misty sounds like he has just graduated from the school of John Grant with a few books written by Harry Nilsson, Jim Croce and Fleet Foxes under his arm – as a former drummer with the Fleet Foxes, their influence is still clearly present in this album.

His trademark archness is shown in bittersweet clarity in the song, The Night Josh Tillman Came To Town:

“Oh, I just love the kind of woman who can walk over a man
I mean like a god damn marching band
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
Well, it’s literally not that

She blames her excess on my influence but gladly hoovers all my drugs
I found her naked with the best friend in the tub
We sang “Silent Night” in three parts which was fun
Til she said that she sounds just like Sarah Vaughan
I hate that soulful affectation white girls put on
Why don’t you move to the Delta?
I obliged later on when you begged me to choke you”

My chosen song from the new album is Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins). The lyrics describe a hotel setting, a wedding, and late night evening mutual entertainment between the couple in question:-

“Emma eats bread and butter
Like a queen would have ostrich and cobra wine
We’ll have satanic Christmas Eve
And play piano in the chateau lobby

People are boring
But you’re something else completely
Damn, let’s take our chances

I wanna take you in the kitchen
Lift up your wedding dress someone was probably murdered in
So bourgeoisie to keep waiting
Dating for twenty years just feels pretty civilian

I’ve never thought that
Ever thought that once
In my whole life
You are my first time

People are boring
But you’re something else I can’t explain
You take my last name”

Great song. Great album. An early contender for album of the year.

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