Singer-songwriter and folk troubadour Josh Tillman, ex-Fleet Foxes and also known as Father John Misty, recently announced his second album under the name called I Love You, Honeybear (the first being 2012’s Fear Fun). To hype up the release, the singer gave a quirky performance of one of the album tracks, “Bored in the USA,” on The Late Show with David Letterman. Watch here, and listen to the studio version of the track below:
Tillman’s press release for I Love You, Honeybear consists of a letter in which he explains the inspiration for the record:
I Love You, Honeybear was recorded all through 2013 to 2014 in Los Angeles with producer Jonathan Wilson, who I also recorded and produced 2012′s Fear Fun with. There’s a case to be made that it sounds and acts a bit like solo-era John Lennon, Scott Walker, Randy Newman, Harry Nilsson, and Dory Previn, while taking more than a few cues from Woody Allen, Kurt Vonnegut, Alejandro Jodorowsky and Muhammad Ali. It has a decidedly more soulful presence than Fear Fun, due in no small part to the fact that I am truly singing my ass off all over this motherfucker. The album is really characterized by the scope and ambition of the arrangements. Nearly every tune is augmented by something special, be it orchestral strings, a mariachi band, questionable electronic drum solos, ragtime jazz combos, soul singers, or what have you. I’m pretty sure there’s a sitar in there somewhere. Blammo.
I Love You, Honeybear is out February 10, 2015 on Sub Pop (pre-order here). Here’s the tracklist:
- I Love You, Honeybear
- Chateau Lobby #4 (In C for Two Virgins)
- True Affection
- The Night Josh Tillman Came To Our Apt.
- When You’re Smiling And Astride Me
- Nothing Good Ever Happens At the Goddamn Thirsty Crow
- Strange Encounter
- The Ideal Husband
- Bored In The USA
- Holy Shit
- I Went To The Store One Day