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New Album from Former Fleet Foxes Member!
Father John Misty is the nom-de-plume of Josh Tillman, who has been recording
and releasing solo albums under his own name since 2003 and who recently left
Seattle’s Fleet Foxes after playing drums with them from 2008-2011. When
discussing Father John Misty, Tillman paraphrases Philip Roth: "It’s all of
me and none of me, if you can’t see that, you won’t get it."
Fear Fun, Father John Misty’s new album, began gestating during what Tillman
describes as an “immobilizing period of depression” in his former Seattle home,
when he had lost interest in songwriting and wound up finding his voice by
writing a novel. After breaking from Seattle and settling in a spider-infested
Laurel Canyon treehouse, Tillman spent months demoing songs, eventually
liberating himself from his creative impasse. With the help of LA
producer/songwriter/pal Jonathan Wilson, a wealth of talented musicians kicking
around LA, and producer Phil Ek (who everyone knows has worked with Built to
Spill, Modest Mouse, Band of Horses, Fleet Foxes), Fear Fun blossomed into a
fully-formed expression of Tillman’s unrestrained vision.
Fear Fun consists of such disparate elements as Waylon Jennings, Harry Nilsson,
Arthur Russell, All Things Must Pass, and Physical Graffiti, often within the
same song. Tillman’s voice has never been better and often sounds like Roy
Orbison at his most joyous, while the music maintains a dark, mysterious yet
playful, almost Dionysian quality. Lyrically, his absurdist fever dreams of pain
and pleasure elicit, in equal measures, the blunt descriptive power of Bukowski
or Brautigan, the hedonist-philosophy of Oscar Wilde and the dried-out wit of
Loudon Wainwright III.
Fear Fun is Father John Misty’s Sub Pop debut and we’re betting you will get it.
• Vinyl LP
• Gatefold jacket
• Includes two posters
• Full album download code enclosed
1. Funtimes in Babylon
2. Nancy From Now On
3. Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings
4. I'm Writing A Novel
5. O I Long to Feel Your Arms Around Me
6. Misty's Nightmares 1 & 2
1. Only Son of the Ladiesman
2. This Is Sally Hatchet
3. Well, You Can Do It Without Me
4. Now I'm Learning to Love the War
5. Tee Pees 1-12
6. Everyman Needs a Companion