Father John Misty Vinyl, CD & tapes by Father John Misty at Norman Records
Mr. Honeybear himself. The self-aggrandising pop masochist Father John Misty used to go by his real name, J. Tillman, and made music a little nicer, a little more humbled: early records were homespun folk gems including Cancer and Delerium and Vacilando Territory Blues. Seemingly he became disillusioned with the tropes of a bygone folk era (which may also be why he stopped drumming for Fleet Foxes), took some drugs and became his new self, Mister Misty, Sir John, the villain of indie rock.
Under his new name he got a big break: I Love You, Honeybear was a sardonic collection of darkly comic tunes that fell in love and corrected grammar, keeping the listener at an arm's length like a stand-up comic talking down a heckler. His interest in character-acting and the pantomimic element of the rock pantheon grew and grew, leaving us with Pure Comedy, a record of languishing piano ballads doing their best to recall Elton John. One might argue he's bounced back with God's Favourite Customer, ditching his penchant for annoying, borderline offensive press cycles and simply letting his ornate, delicate music speak for itself. Gotta hope this trend continues: when he's good, this snarky lil' man sure can write with the best of them.
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