Published Nov 04, 2014Former Fleet Foxes drumming dude Joshua Tillman barely needs an introduction as Father John Misty after the acclaim of 2012's Fear Fun. And now, under that same moniker, the folk-tinged songwriter has announced plans for a follow-up record.
Appearing as the musical guest on The Late Show with David Letterman last night (November 3), Tillman revealed that a new full-length titled I Love You, Honeybear will be arriving on February 10 via Sub Pop.
The new album was recorded with producer Jonathan Wilson, and though it is said to sound akin to solo-era John Lennon, Randy Newman and Harry Nilsson, Tillman also drew inspiration from figures like Woody Allen, Kurt Vonnegut, Alejandro Jodorowski and Muhammad Ali.
"It has a decidedly more soulful presence than Fear Fun, due in no small part to the fact that I am truly singing my ass off all over this motherfucker," he said in a press release. "The album is really characterized by the scope and ambition of the arrangements. Nearly every tune is augmented by something special, be it orchestral strings, a mariachi band, questionable electronic drum solos, ragtime jazz combos, soul singers, or what have you. I'm pretty sure there's a sitar in there somewhere."
As previously reported, it's a semi-autobiographical concept album about a guy that engages in regrettable behaviour, but begins to change upon falling in love with a lady named Emma. Forgoing the cliché of total transformation, Tillman realized that "the best love can be is finding someone who is miserable in the same way you are."
As for his Letterman performance, a spiffy-looking Tillman delivered new single "Bored in the USA" from his piano bench before taking the mic for a stroll — all the while backed by a 22-piece string section.
When Tillman takes the album on tour in the new year, he'll be joined by a seven-piece band. The tour kicks off mid-January in California, but will make its way to Canada for dates in Montreal on February 16 and Toronto on February 17. Scroll past the album's tracklisting for full tour details and keep on going to check out Father John Misty's performance on Letterman.
I Love You, Honeybear:
1. I Love You, Honeybear
2. Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)
3. True Affection
4. The Night Josh Tillman Came To Our Apt.
5. When You're Smiling and Astride Me
6. Nothing Good Ever Happens At the Goddamn Thirsty Crow
7. Strange Encounter
8. The Ideal Husband
9. Bored In The USA
10. Holy Shit
11. I Went To The Store One Day
01/16 Felton, CA - Bret Harte Hall
01/17 Sonoma, CA - Vet's Hall Ballroom
01/18 Chico, CA - El Rey Theatre
02/09 Los Angeles, CA - Roxy*
02/12 Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade NYC *
02/14 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom *
02/16 Montreal, QC - Virgin Mobile Corona Theater *
02/18 Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall *
02/21 Dublin, IE - Whelans
02/22 Glasgow, UK - King Tuts
02/23 Manchester, UK - Gorilla
02/26 London, UK - Village Underground
02/27 Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
02/28 Bristol, UK - Thekla
03/03 Paris, FR - La Maroquinerie
03/04 Brussels, BE - Botanique - Orangerie
03/05 Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
03/07 Berlin, DE - Privatclub
03/08 Hamburg, DE - Nochtspelcher
03/25 Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works **
03/26 Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse **
03/27 Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel **
03/28 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club **
03/31 Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club **
04/01 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer **
04/03 Chicago, IL - Vic Theater **
04/04 Minneapolis, MN - First Ave **
04/07 Lawrence, KS – Granada **
04/08 Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room **
04/09 Denver, CO - Ogden Theater
04/22 Dallas, TX - Granada Theater ^
04/23 Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's ^
04/24 Austin, TX - Stubb's ^
04/25 New Orleans, LA - Civic Theater ^
* with Guy Blakeslee
** with King Tuff
^ with Luluc