Father John Misty – Only Son of the Ladies’ Man from Fear Fun
You may be aware of this sassy word-smith by now, he released a terrific album called I Love You, Honeybear earlier this year to bubbling hype then unanimous praise, but his debut album Fear Fun was the one which kicked off all the fuss. After being the drummer in Fleet Foxes and releasing a series of solo albums as J Tillman, he decided to stray from his usual style of songs which he called ‘dungeons and dragons music,’ when he realised it wasn’t going down as well as the onstage banter. Instead Tillman channelled his sharp wit into songwriting, he gave himself a new name, moved to Hollywood and got himself a band which resulted in the pychedelic-folk-rock of Fear Fun.
This three-chord ballad sat in the middle of his songwriting reawakening as Father John Misty. It carves the tale of ‘the ladies’ man’ from the perspective of his single accidental offspring, who has developed the same charming traits. Alongside his story, the lyrics paint a vivid picture of Hollywood which had a part in kicking off the rejuvenated spark in Tillman’s songwriting; that excitement is prevalent in this tune. You can listen to this track on Fear Fun but his performance of it on The David Letterman Show projects the real spirit of Father John Misty. If you wondered where Alex Turner got his hip-shaking sass from then check out the crash-course below.
Lyrical Highlight: “Cowboy and the Cop shot down the ladies’ man/ the humid nights in LA are now silent”
Father John Misty is waking up our culture man