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Pure Comedy brought the universe into his musical world, grand-scaling both Tillman’s cleverness and an earnest love for humanity, On God’s Favorite Customer, he sounds all by himself wracked with self-doubt, on the verge (perhaps at the apex) of hopelessness. He’s his comically dark self during hazy nightmare “Mr. Tillman,” mind fractured and teetering at the edge of bender doom in a hallucinogenic hotel. “Hangout At The Gallows” is positively, dreamily dour, and “The Palace” is nearly cripplingly lonesome. There’s little to adorn most of these songs lyrically economical, sonically without much pageantry—but the intimacy and honesty results in some of Tillman’s most stunning songwriting. On the aching “Just Dumb Enough To Try,” he forces a death grip on hope for the victory of love and self-betterment, against all odds, and “The Songwriter” deftly examines the destruction that can be inherent when your partner is your muse.

“Please Don’t Die” rolls easy with an understated twang, howling harmonica, and twinkling piano, combining some of Tillman’s best moves heart-baring vulnerability, swirling melodies, and just a touch of the surreal—to convey that familiar feeling of when we just can’t stand to lose someone.

Father John Misty is a contentious character. His last album, Pure Comedy, He ruthlessly bashed most aspects of human nature for over an hour, upping the ante of cynicism found on his two previous albums. But on June’s God’s Favorite Customer, Joshua Tillman turns his ever-critical gaze inward to write an album full of both touching self-reflective ballads and ironic psychedelic pop singles. These songs return to themes Tillman has previously tackled: battling alcoholism, his dedication to his wife and general critiques of humanity, but in a way that seems more hopeful or, perhaps, more trivialized. This slight positivity is amplified in a sonic change:

He turns from the safe, Randy Newman-styled of piano-lead singer-songwriter tunes to embody elements of vintage psychedelic pop and flex his vocal range. “Date Night” and “Mr. Tillman” are both short, funny songs perfectly poised to become radio hits. Ballads “The Songwriter” and “The Palace” sound more like traditional Misty, but are more sad than purely cynical. It seems Tillman has gotten over his hatred of everyone and everything, and given us an album with songs that both put us in our feels and deserve to be belted out in angst.

Father John Misty has announced he’ll be coming to Leicester’s De Montfort Hall and The Forum, Bath (Official) later this year as part of his 2018 World Tour! see dates on the top header.

Written largely in New York between Summer 2016 and Winter 2017, Josh Tillman’s fourth Father John Misty LP, God’s Favorite Customer, reflects on the experience of being caught between the vertigo of heartbreak and the manic throes of freedom.

After converting sharply honed cynicism and rampant misanthropy into a collection of witty, often scabrous and somehow deeply soulful songs on Father John Misty’s 2017 release Pure Comedy, Josh Tillman more fully targets himself on the follow-up. God’s Favorite Customer is a self-lacerating piece of work, mostly written during a six-week stretch in 2016 when he was living alone in a hotel room in the midst of an existential crisis. He’s opaque about the cause, but not the effects: The album plays like Tillman is watching himself have an out-of-body experience as he, or his Misty persona, behaves erratically in public, sends alarming texts to his wife in the middle of the night and repeatedly questions whether love is redemptive enough to save him

God’s Favorite Customerreveals a bittersweetness and directness in Tillman’s songwriting, without sacrificing any of his wit or taste for the absurd. From “Mr. Tillman,” where he trains his lens on his own misadventure, to the cavernous pain of estrangement in “Please Don’t Die,” Tillman plays with perspective throughout to alternatingly hilarious and devastating effect. “We’re Only People (And There’s Not Much Anyone Can Do About That)” is a meditation on our inner lives and the limitations we experience in our attempts to give and receive love. It stands in solidarity with the title track, which examines the ironic relationship between forgiveness and sin. Together, these are songs that demand to know either real love or what comes after, and as the album progresses, that entreaty leads to discovering the latter’s true stakes.

God’s Favorite Customer was produced by Tillman and recorded with Jonathan Rado, Dave Cerminara, and Trevor Spencer. The album features contributions from Haxan Cloak, Natalie Mering of Weyes Blood, longtimecollaborator Jonathan Wilson, and members of Misty’s touring band.

“God’s Favourite Customer” is out 1st June on Bella Union Records.

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Father John Misty was joined on stage by the Ulster Orchestra for a rendition of his new song ‘Please Don’t Die’ during the BBC’s Biggest Weekend event.

Taken from Father John Misty’s new album God’s Favorite Customerthe emotionally charged and somewhat self-confessional record that seems to be directed at past misdemeanours and his marital problems, Tillman sings of “pointless benders with reptilian strangers” and waking up to texts saying, “It’s all too much.”

Josh Tillman has always been able to tell a tale with his songwriting and, with the addition of the Ulster Orchestra while performing live in Belfast, the emotion undoubtedly has the ability to take this song to the next level.

Playing alongside the Ulster Orchestra, Josh Tillman Father John Misty debuts new song Please Don’t Die.

Father John Misty has shared his disorienting new video for “Mr. Tillman,” the first single off his upcoming new album God’s Favorite Customer. Just as the song’s lyrics zero in on the singer’s unpleasant experience at a hotel, the “Mr. Tillman” video is like The Shining meets “Hotel California,” as Father John Misty is doomed to relive his stay and inability to leave countless times. The result is interactions with doppelgangers, an attempted suicide and a taxicab escape.

In February, the singer, whose real name is Josh Tillman, unveiled “Mr. Tillman” along with a low-budget green-screened video of himself messing around in a hotel.

Father John Misty has previously released two songs, “Disappointing Diamonds Are the Rarest of Them All” and “Just Dumb Enough to Try,” from his forthcoming album God’s Favorite Customer, the speedy follow-up to 2017’s Pure Comedy. God’s Favorite Customer arrives June 1st.

“Mr. Tillman” is off of Father John Misty’s upcoming album, God’s Favorite Customer, out June 1st on Sub Pop and Bella Union.

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After information about his new album leaked,  Father John Misty has formally announced the release of his fourth album, God’s Favorite Customer, along with two new singles.

A press release issued by Sub Pop Records, confirms the leaked album, including the tracklist, the album art (photographed by Pari Dukovic), and the June 1st release via Sub Pop and Bella Union Records. The follow-up to Pure Comedy was written and produced by Misty, and recorded with Jonathan Rado, Dave Cerminara and Trevor Spencer. While the official album news is exciting, the real excitement comes in the full versions of the songs “Just Dumb Enough to Try” and “Disappointing Diamonds are the Rarest of Them All,”.

Each song gives Misty a different angle by expanding his sound while staying true to his indie folk-rock roots. Both songs seem to be a nod to classic, 1970s Elton John, as “Just Dumb” goes for full singer-songwriter glory, with its lush production of jangling guitars and delicate strings leaning towards classic John ballads like “Candle in the Wind” and “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.” “Disappointing Diamonds” is more of a throwback to “Benny and the Jets” and “Crocodile Rock” with its zany production built on huge piano chords and zooming electric guitar riffs.

The title track, which examines the ironic relationship between forgiveness and sin. Together, these are songs that demand to know either real love or what comes after, and as the album progresses, that entreaty leads to discovering the latter’s true stakes.

God’s Favorite Customer is available for preorder now on Father John Misty’s official store along with Sub Pop, Bella Union and select independent retailers in five formats: limited Loser edition on metallic purple vinyl, standard LP on black vinyl, CD, streaming and digital download, and cassette.

In addition to the album release, Misty will go on tour starting in April, in support of the album with Gillian Welch, TV on the Radio and Jenny Lewis serving as special guests at select shows.

Hopefully, the rest of 2018 will be filled with new surprises Misty has a hand in. Listen to “Just Dumb Enough to Try” and “Disappointing Diamonds are the Rarest of Them All” below.

Father John Misty’s new song “Just Dumb Enough to Try” is off of his upcoming album, God’s Favorite Customer, out June 1st on Sub Pop and Bella Union.

Written largely in New York between Summer 2016 and Winter 2017, Josh Tillman’s fourth Father John Misty LP, God’s Favorite Customer, reflects on the experience of being caught between the vertigo of heartbreak and the manic throes of freedom. God’s Favorite Customer reveals a bitter sweetness and directness in Tillman’s songwriting, without sacrificing any of his wit or taste for the absurd. From Mr. Tillman, where he trains his lens on his own misadventure,

“Mr. Tillman” is off of Father John Misty’s upcoming album, God’s Favorite Customer, out June 1st on Sub Pop and Bella Union

God’s Favorite Customer was produced by Tillman and recorded with Jonathan Rado, Dave Cerminara, and Trevor Spencer. The album features contributions from Haxan Cloak, Natalie Merring of Weyes Blood, longtime collaborator Jonathan Wilson, and members of Misty’s touring band.

Father John Misty’s new song “Disappointing Diamonds Are the Rarest of Them All” is off of his upcoming album, God’s Favorite Customer, out June 1st on Sub Pop and Bella Union.

Father John Misty Announces Tour

Father John Misty has expanded his tour behind last year’s I Love You, Honeybear. He’ll play a bunch of dates in North America next spring, followed by a European trek.

05-11 Leeds, England – O2 Academy
05-12 Glasgow, Scotland – O2 Academy
05-13 Manchester, England – Albert Hall
05-14 Gateshead, England – The Sage Gateshead
05-15 Nottingham, England – Rock City
05-17 Bristol, England – Colston Hall
05-18 London, England – The Roundhouse
05-19-20 London, England – The Roundhouse
05-21 Southampton, England – O2 Guildhall

Josh Tillman will also appear on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” on January 14th 2016.

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Father John Misty performs a song off of his latest album “I Love You, Honeybear.”

Staying true to his name, Father John Misty often delivers live performances that transcend the stage and feel like out-of-body religious experiences. His appearance on last night’s installment of Colbert was no different.

Josh Tillman commanded his way through both the subdued and dramatic portions of I Love You, Honeybear highlight “Holy Shit” with grace as well as a conviction that perhaps only a preacher could muster up.
While the studio version uses a swelling orchestral arrangement to signal a shift in the song’s dynamics, here that instance is marked by a pretty epic drum solo, wild, flashing lights and all. Everything changes after that point — you could say it was a true “Holy Shit” kind of moment.

Its been a phenomenal year for FATHER JOHN MISTY. His breakthrough second album, I Love You, Honeybear figured highly in most Best of 2015 lists including being Number 1 in GQ, Loud And Quiet and Drowned In Sound, Number 2 in Shindig and Rough Trade Shops, Number 3 in The Guardian and Sunday Times, 5 in Uncut, 11 in Q and Number16 in NME. To add to these accolades Father John Misty has now been nominated for International Male Solo Artist at the year’s Brit Awards alongside Drake, Justin Bieber, Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd.

In other news, with his two Roundhouse shows in May having long-since sold-out, Father John Misty recently announced a third and final performance at Camden’s iconic venue on Friday 20th May. Upcoming UK live dates below:

Wednesday 11th May – LEEDS – O2 Academy
Thursday 12th May – GLASGOW – O2 ABC **(SOLD OUT!)**
Friday 13th May – MANCHESTER – Albert Hall **(SOLD OUT!)**
Saturday 14th May – GATESHEAD – The Sage Gateshead **(SOLD OUT!)**
Sunday 15th May – NOTTINGHAM – Rock City
Tuesday 17th May – BRISTOL – Colston Hall
Wednesday 18th May – LONDON – Roundhouse **(SOLD OUT!)**
Thursday 19th May – LONDON – Roundhouse **(SOLD OUT!)**
Friday 20th May – LONDON – Roundhouse
Saturday 21st May – SOUTHAMPTON – O2 Guildhall

Critical acclaim for I Love You, Honeybear, out now on Bella Union:

“I Love You, Honeybear is a masterpiece. An at once personal and existential examination of a love affair and love itself, the album contains melodies other writers would kill for.”
Sunday Times (Album Of The Week)

“Hugely entertaining… Its hard to tell where Joshua Tillman ends and his alias Father John Misty begins – but it doesn’t matter when the songs sound this good.”
The Guardian – 5 Stars ***** (Album Of The Week)

“A revelation… A hugely ambitious, caustically funny album about the redemptive possibilities of love.”
NME – 9/10 (Album Of The Week)

“It wows the listener outright… An album that reaffirms your faith in the transformative powers of love.”
The Observer – 4 Stars **** (Album Of The Week)

“Tillman is one of music’s most arch satirists.”
Time Out – 4 Stars (Album Of The Week)

“A compelling and addictive listen. The gags are good, but the songs are always better.”
Loud And Quiet – 10/10

“For it’s black lyrical humour alone, I Love You, Honeybear would be a winner. The fact that it’s matched to towering songwriting and swirling orchestrations makes it masterful stuff… A provocative star is born.”
Q – 4 Stars ****

“An epic creation which takes its cues from the likes of Harry Nilsson, Dory Previn and John Grant, it belongs to that honourable tradition which sets beautifully orchestrated pop and AOR against brutally honest and sometimes comically profane sentiments, sung with dramatic, edge-of-the-cliff conviction… A truly compelling album.”
Uncut – 8/10

“Essentially an album-length love letter to his new wife, these are grand arrangements in the style of Randy Newman and Harry Nilsson.”
MOJO – 4 Stars ****

“A former Fleet Fox delivers something wondrous: a tart, timely, Broadway-bright boost for the devalued currency of the love song. Sneaking dark lyrics into plush settings in no new trick, but there’s no denying Tillman masters it.”
Independent On Sunday – 4.5/5 *****

“Richly layered and immaculately played, Tillman has a forte for poignant detail as well as some deliciously spicy wit.”
Metro – 4 Stars (Album Of The Week)

“His second album restates his lyrical brilliance… Strings, mariachi trumpets and harmonies work a treat, framing tunes that echo Harry Nilsson and Randy Newman.”
Daily Mail – 5 Stars *****

“FJM mixes tuneful Americana with heavy dollops of ’70s-style balladry. Much of it sounds like Elton John, circa Don’t Shoot Me, with the same blend of witty and powerful lyricism.”
Sunday Express – 5 Stars ***** (Album Of The Week)

“An album that evokes – and stands up to – the likes of Glen Campbell’s Reunion: The Songs Of Jimmy Webb and Gene Clark’s No Other, Tillman has created a sumptuously arranged set of gold-standard singer-songwriterly fare, the FJM guise has allowed Tillman to loosen up and write the most acerbic, carnal and surprisingly lovelorn material of his career.”
Record Collector – 4 Stars (New Album Of The Month)

“This breathtaking album will surely see Father John Misty walk away with all those end of year trophies.”
London In Stereo (Album Of The Month)

“FJM wields a grand echoing production that evokes the decadent 70s pop craftsmanship of Harry Nilsson, while tossing out some of the funniest lines since Dylan’s scornful peak.”
Mail On Sunday – 4 Stars ****

“Rich and rewarding… Slowed-down honky tonk and sumptuous orchestrations in Nothing Good Ever Happens at the Goddamn Thirsty Crow’ are reminiscent of classic Elton John while ‘Bored in the USA’ combines dreamy piano balladry with sardonic lyrics.”
Financial Times – 4 Stars ****

“an album by turns passionate and disillusioned, tender and angry, so cynical it’s repulsive and so openhearted it hurts.”
Pitchfork – 8.8

“I Love You, Honeybear is an exceptional work… A lush string-laden album anchored by a literate turn of phrase that’s by turns romantic, deeply cynical and often incredibly funny.”
Shindig – 4 Stars ****

“With his new Father John Misty record, Tillman is opening up and baring everything.”
DIY – 4 Stars ****

“Rich and absorbing… Brilliant stuff.”
The Sun – 4 Stars ****

“Tillman repeatedly hits the compositional sweet spot… The songs glow with gorgeous, flowing orchestrations and svelte arrangements.”
The Mirror – 4 Stars ****

Father John MistyI Loved You, Honeybee (Bella Union): Father John Misty has reworked the title track of his critically acclaimed I Love You, Honeybear released earlier this year. The newly arranged acoustic track is accompanied by another new track, ‘I’ve Never Been A Woman’. Oh, and it’s red and in the shape of a heart, meaning that not only will it sound amazing, but it will look beautiful as well.

Not content with simply releasing the best album of the year so far , Father John Misty has taken to video writing, co-penning the ideas behind his latest effort, I Love You Honeybear with his wife Emma and co-directing it with Grant James. The result, staring Brett Gelman (The Other Guys) and Susan Traylor (Greenberg) is meant to represent an average night in the life of two EMTs.

Was Father John Misty born with a bearded smirk on his face? “I Love You, Honeybear” suggests not. The singer-songwriter’s sophomore album hears him stare down what he sees as un-ironic, all-caps love and throw himself at her feet. He cuts himself wide open in the process, describing the fear manifest in becoming a leader of something as permanent as a family, which evokes his doubts about himself as much as his partner. Self-mocking balladry ensues.A fantastic year for Father John Misty, aka Josh Tillman, is looking likely to continue into the summer, with sets at Glastonbury and Green Man Festival to look forward to. Plus a tour of the UK in early 2016 ,  

 

“The Night Josh Tillman Came To Our Apartment” off of the album, ‘I Love You, Honeybear’

This video is partially inspired by the LeBron James quote “It is precisely the superficial differences between people who are otherwise alike that inform the hostilities between them.” Special thanks to my body double Tyler who I had to kiss no fewer than two dozen times and whose breath I can still smell in my mind’s eye.

Father John Misty  off this year’s excellent I Love You, Honeybear. It’s a surreal romance that sees a suave Josh Tillman approaching a bummed-out version of himself at a bar. They hit it off and proceed to snort cocaine, go swimming, and, finally, hook up. (Coincidentally, this is a narrative that Young Thug touched upon earlier this week in his“Best Friend” video). The clip was directed by Drew Pearce, who co-wrote Iron Man 3 and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.

Pearce said, “It has been an honor to explore the palpable sexual chemistry that exists between Josh Tillman and himself. I hope this video does their enduring love affair justice.”

Father John Misty performs Chateau Lobby #4 (In C For Two Virgins) at Glastonbury 2015. Visit the Glastonbury website at http://bbc.co.uk/glastonbury for more videos and photos.

Glastonbury and folk rock go together like bees and honey and there’s no finer practitioner of the genre around today than Father John Misty, aka Josh Tillman. As J. Tillman, he released a slew of celebrated solo records between 2003 and 2010 before becoming Father John Misty and breaking through with 2015’s acclaimed “I Love You, Honeybear”, which includes stand-out track Bored In The USA.

The Maryland-born singer-songwriter played the 6 Music Festival in February this year, as well as a session for Lauren Laverne. A former member of Fleet Foxes, he’ll be more than familiar with Glastonbury – except this time he’s taking the plaudits alone.