JOSHUA Tillman’s big break within the industry came as drummer of acclaimed indie folk troupe Fleet Foxes, though for this writer his solo works have always been of greater interest.
His second LP as Father John Misty, I Love You, Honeybear’s musical pallet evokes classic ‘70s pop from the likes of Elton John and Randy Newman.
But for all the swelling stings and swooning melodies, it’s Tillman’s lyrics which occupy center stage.
As such, the best reference point is actually a contemporary artist in John Grant, whose wry, sarcastic take on romance here comes spiked with spite and semantic ambiguity.
This approach can get so intimate that there are times when it’s difficult to know whether to laugh or squirm, never mind decipher whether or not his words are serious.
The more you listen, however, the more you realise that’s actually kind of the point, and, whatever the motives, it all makes for a hugely entertaining listen. 8/10. AW