Josh Tillman has released a handful of solo albums (under the J. Tillman moniker) and is best known for his stint as drummer for indie darlings Fleet Foxes. But for my money, Tillman does his best work as Father John Misty. He adopted the new persona afer parting ways with the Foxes and his 2012 debut “Fear Fun” was one of my favorite albums of the year.
I’ve been waiting for another Father John Misty recording ever since and happily Tillman obliges with the excellent “I Love You Honeybear.” Though it’s a notch below its near-perfect predecessor, this 11-track gem of an album proves to be well worth the wait.
There are shades of everyone from Nick Drake to Gram Parsons to Harry Nilsson in Father John Misty’s work and the old-school approach to country-tinged folk rock works well. Among the standouts here are “Chateau Lobby #4 (In C for Two Virgins),” “The Night Josh Tillman Came to Our Apartment,” “When You’re Smiling and Astride Me,” “Strange Encounter” and “Bored in the USA.” It’s high time you got to know the music of Father John Misty. Trust me on this one. (Jeffrey Sisk)