Cover to the new Father John Misty album, I Love You, Honeybear
Father John Misty has announced the release of his new album on Sub Pop Records, I Love You, Honeybear, and a tour that brings him into town on Wednesday, April 1st at Union Transfer. Last night on the Late Show With David Letterman. Misty (Josh Tillman), debuted “Bored In The USA,” a piano based, dramatic ballad with a 20 piece string section. The album was produced by Tillman and and Jonathan Wilson and will be out on February 10th on Sub Pop Records. It’s been two years since Misty’s last album, the critically acclaimed Fairly Fun.

Writing about the new album, Misty says:

I Love You, Honeybear is a concept album about a guy named Josh Tillman who spends quite a bit of time banging his head against walls, cultivating weak ties with strangers and generally avoiding intimacy at all costs. This all serves to fuel a version of himself that his self-loathing narcissism can deal with. We see him engaging in all manner of regrettable behavior.

“In a parking lot somewhere he meets Emma, who inspires in him a vision of a life wherein being truly seen is not synonymous with shame, but possibly true liberation and sublime, unfettered creativity. These ambitions are initially thwarted as jealousy, self-destruction and other charming human character traits emerge. Josh Tillman confesses as much all throughout.

“The album progresses, sometimes chronologically, sometimes not, between two polarities: the first of which is the belief that the best love can be is finding someone who is miserable in the same way you are and the end point being that love isn’t for anyone who isn’t interested in finding a companion to undertake total transformation with. I won’t give away the ending, but sex, violence, profanity and excavations of the male psyche abound.

Misty is a strange cat, but we love him.

Below the tracklisting, watch his performance of “Bored In The USA” on the Late Show With David Letterman.

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