I’ve really warmed up to the songs Father John Misty, the moniker of Joshua Tillman, so far premiered of his upcoming new album I Love You. Like previous track “Bored in the USA”, the instrumentation of latest track “Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins) magnificently dresses Tillman’s narrative in sentimental but timeless harmonies, resulting in the most thought-provoking and adventurous music of his decade or so long career. Just like his previous album Fear Fun, which was the first under the Father John Misty moniker, it sounds like a huge departure from the music he recorded under own name. Undeniably, his years with the Fleet Foxes rubbed off in sound and instrumentation, but it doesn’t entirely explain his growth as a songwriter. Something has clearly progressed since his last album, and in these two songs, Tillman reaches the highest possible level of storytelling; full of understated humor and clear-headed insight.
Look for I Love You early next year via Sub Pop.