New Reels: ‘I Love You, Honeybear’ by Father John Misty

The American singer-songwriter’s latest single is accompanied by a superb video featuring two riotous paramedics and a near-death experience…

Father John Misty aka Joshua Tillman aka simply J. Tillman has been at this for sometime now either as a solo artist releasing a string of acclaimed but lowly selling albums or as the drummer with Fleet Foxes, those behemoths of modern radio and family-friendly folk-rock which is in fact neither very folky or very rocky and actually rather middling and inoffensive. But I digress.

FJM is proving to be infinitely more interesting than his former cohorts, this electrifying performance on Letterman being proof of that. This, the title track from his most recent lp, is a symphonic pop gem, sweeping and classic sounding. Indeed, it almost sounds as if it’s from another time, the late 50’s or early 60’s and yet it remains utterly contemporary at the same time. The video is directed by Grant james who has also worked with the likes of Pearl jam and Del The Funky Homosapien and features the aforementioned drunken paramedics and a tragic scene between Misty and his Honeybear. It’s dark and engaging and suits the music well as a result. Check it out below and the album too if you get the chance…

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