You might have heard of Father John Misty back when he was Josh Tillman (or J. Tillman), the drummer of the band Fleet Foxes. Now, Josh is gone and Father John is here. His new album, I Love You, Honeybear, came out on February 10. Probably the song that's gotten the most attention is the first single, "Bored in the USA," a mournfully acerbic take on life in late-market capitalism. But unjustly overlooked is "The Night Josh Tillman Came To Our Apt." which is the best kiss-off song, in my opinion, since Dylan's "Positively 4th Street." Why is this song on repeat? Easy. This line:
“She says, like literally, music is the air she breathesAnd the malapropos make me want to f****** screamI wonder if she even knows what that word meansWell, it’s literally not that.”
It makes me think of that David Cross bit from 2002's Shut Up You F****** Baby:
But then there are also some really beautiful turns of phrase too which remind me of the best D.C. Berman, the poet/singer of The Silver Jews (my favorite band).
Here's DC Berman from my favorite song, "People." That last three lines, by the way, is the key to happiness in life. In Buddhism it's called direct experience.
"People love people and they understandIf you wanna renovate your background mind(A federal woman needs a municipal man)People gotta synchronize to animal time.
You can't change the feelingBut you can change your feelings about the feeling in a second or two...People always come around."
Here's Father John:
"We sang 'Silent Night' in three parts which was funTil she said that she sounds just like Sarah VaughanI hate that soulful affectation white girls put onWhy don't you move to the Delta?"
Finally, Father John Misty would be just another clever bearded man if he wasn't immensely musically talented. He's like the best of The Shins but minus the preciousness. That always annoyed me about that dude James Mercer. The Shins is great musically but the lyrics are like a Christopher Nolan movie, obtuse for the sake of obstruction. Father John Misty, on the other hand, says something and sings it beautifully.
And that's why it's on repeat.