Father John Misty Gives Update on Upcoming Concept Album
Published May 05, 2014Father John Misty (a.k.a. Joshua Tillman) let us know via his 2012 debut Fear Fun, that "I'm Writing a Novel," but a new interview with the artist reveals that he's also been working on a sophomore album.
Speaking with Pitchfork, Tillman explained that the record is a semi-autobiographical exploration of the time leading up to his marriage to filmmaker Emma Elizabeth Tillman (who had also appeared as the dominatrix in Father John Misty "Nancy from Now On" video).
"It's a concept album about this guy, Josh Tillman, who's engaging in a lot of very prurient, despair-ridden encounters with females," he explained of the as-yet-untitled set. "I didn't realize how embarrassing it would be to sit in a room listening to these songs. They're very intimate, but only lyrically. I had more license to indulge this time around, so I was throwing string sections at shit and putting 100 ideas in a song where four would normally do."
As for the sonics, the solo artist added that "there aren't any real country tunes on it, but it's got a lot of soul," and later expressed in a tweet that the album sounds something like "If you put Kiss make-up on the cover of [Simon & Garfunkel's] Bookends."
Neither samples nor song titles have been offered up just yet, but Tillman expressed that ultimately it's a "very funny, very sad, kind of uplifting album about love" and that "there's a song where a dog bites my dick."
The album is expected to arrive sometime early next year through Sub Pop.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, considering the content of his first LP, Tillman also confirmed that he's been putting work into a novel of his own. The book has reportedly fetched two working titles (Eureka Royale and Operation: Annihilate Pussy), and he's apparently already 50,000 words deep into the tale.
"I see being a writer as my fourth act, or something," he told Pitchfork. "I don't know what the end game is, though. I have a feeling that the minute I tell myself I'm going to be more serious about it, the writing would immediately begin to suffer."