Father John Misty
Fear Fun


4.5
superb

Review

by Steoandnoodles USER (10 Reviews)
May 28th, 2012 | 59 replies | 6,752 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Joshua Tillman strips himself of his name and releases his first record under the name Father John Misty. After seven solo outings, it's a new sound and a new persona.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

“I never liked the name Joshua and I got tired of people calling me J.”
These are the final words spoken on Father John Misty’s Fear Fun where Joshua Tillman strips himself of his name and of his past to start from the beginning, as a new man and with a new sound to accompany this: We have Fear Fun.

The album opens with ‘Fun Times in Babylon’. A sweet ballad equipped with a luscious ukulele swimming in the waters of a charming piano and tasteful drum beat to the words of Father John Misty’s yearning vocals, beckoning for enjoyment in an equally simplistic as it is a near impossible form.
“I would like to abuse my lungs. Smoke everything in sight with every girl I’ve ever loved.”
The track is a sincere opening to an album of stories written with beaming personality of a man broken by love, wound up on drink and drugs and looking to repair his broken body. This isn’t an unfamiliar subject in music but with a backdrop of luscious floor melting, foot stomping grooves and enough believability injected into the veins of the queered mind of a stranded man; we have an album that is masterfully thought out in all aspects you could think of.

The second track ‘Nancy From Now On’ is a rugged tale of destructions mapped against the whimsical background of a piano and organ slapping against every word to keep the balance of lyrics and music as sane as possible. With lyrics such as
“I’ve got my right hand stamped in the concentration camp where my organs scream, “Slow down, man!”
We see that Father John Misty is queuing up for a season of self-destruction. The most noticeable detail amongst all of this chaos and debris is the effective use of production and how beautifully the album was mixed as the latter half of the song proves with spiralling piano keys swirling around the drains of layered percussion and existing keys. It’s really a beautiful thing to allow your ears to drink.

However, Father John Misty’s tales of devilish bad behaviour does not end there in ‘Hollywood Forever, Cemetery Sings’, he enjoys the company of a woman under the appropriate aesthetic of a graveyard. He is at least the voice of reason here.
“But we should let this dead guy sleep.”
His antics continue in ‘I’m Writing a Novel’ as he staggers down the streets, his pants loose around his knees singing
“Please come help me, that Canadian shaman gave a little too much to me.”
It’s an incredibly catchy track with coaxing guitars accompanying each other with piano keys lashing consistently behind all of these bizarre scenarios Father John Misty spits out.

One thing is for certain, Fear Fun deals with a lot of themes and each song is intriguing for their own reasons. Some can live amongst the world of this busted up and bulging horned man looking to mend his broken heart and others, like ‘Now I’m Learning to Love The War’ tell a totally different tale.
“Try not to think so much about the truly staggering amount of oil that it takes to make a record.”
These sly stabs at his own career and the making of other artworks are eventually concluded with a statement so widely relatable, it makes machines from us all.
“I sure hope they make something useful out of me.”

The music on Fear Fun is a strange one to pin-point. It weaves in and out of dusty folk ballads to upbeat country rock anthems. All of this equipped with masterful mixing by Phil Ek and sung clearly by Joshua Tillman’s perfectly appropriate vocals. The instrumentation is always diverse ranging from violin stampedes to casual-dirt sprinkled guitar riffs and the vocals diversify and always match the theme of the lyrics and vocals. It’s an interesting affair, sure to please those who like to hear lyrics and instrumentation delivered with a pristine output but with enough grit left over to remain authentic.

Fear Fun is a thrilling debut for the moniker Joshua Tillman has created. The Music is coherent and the melodies are proud and engaging. This is a record that will stand time for those who really listen and get involved in the saloon romping of the cut up cowboy ‘Father John Misty’. It’s a beautiful blend of country rock and melodic interval that I feel is sure to satisfy any listener who loves to get engaged with everything going on in the album.



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Steoandnoodles
May 28th 2012



2832 Comments


I just wanted to get a review out for this album because nobody else has. It's great! =)

Buzzkillr
May 28th 2012



1541 Comments


lol, I saw you post this album in the media section of GT. Didn't know you were on here too.

Album seems interesting enough, might give it a listen. Well written review too.

pos

Steoandnoodles
May 28th 2012



2832 Comments


Thanks buddy! =)
It's weird, I would have thought this album would blow up a bit since I mean, surely every fan of
Fleet Foxes knows this exists. It was all over their Facebook.

The album artwork is super cool too.

Steoandnoodles
May 28th 2012



2832 Comments


You asked me to Haha! =D

Ah! I was going to do it any way. It's my type of record. Great lyrics, great production and classy music. =)

Steoandnoodles
May 28th 2012



2832 Comments


Thanks Potato. =)

Xenophanes
Emeritus
May 28th 2012



10585 Comments


this is kewl

Digging: United Nations - The Next Four Years

Steoandnoodles
May 29th 2012



2832 Comments


Really? I love 'Nancy From Now On' but there are other songs on the album I prefer. =)

Steoandnoodles
May 29th 2012



2832 Comments


Really?! =O

That's so weird because I feel the complete opposite. Literally.

'Well, You Can Do It Without Me', 'Only Son of The Ladies Man' and 'Funtimes in Babylon' are my
favourites.

Edit: Actually I think I prefer Well you can do... than tee pees 1-12

Steoandnoodles
May 29th 2012



2832 Comments


I see what you mean, it's just the lyrics that get me... on ever track really but I see what you mean.
'Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings' definitely stands out the most on the album.

Steoandnoodles
May 29th 2012



2832 Comments


Dude! I don't like Maps that much! XD
I think they're decent.


Grizzly Bear are feckin' great though. I just prefer Fleet Foxes.

But yeah, I know what you mean. I'm more about melody and you prefer the experimental edge which
Hollywood definitely has with those drum sounds. Best line on the album though is "The first house
that I saw, I wrote 'house' upon the door and told the people who live there they had to get out
because my reality is realer than yours." Sounds like some mad man bent up on drugs just kicked a
family out of their house. It's a funny picture.



Steoandnoodles
May 29th 2012



2832 Comments


The album is full of cool one liners dotted around. His lyrics are great. =)

Also! Check out Sam Amidon. He's like us if we managed to put our differences aside and make an album.
He's sometimes straight up folk and other times experimental.

http://samamidon.bandcamp.com/track/little-johnny-brown

Steoandnoodles
May 29th 2012



2832 Comments


Yeah, that's him. =P
He's a laugh to see live. Really, really nice guy but looks like he does nasty things to farm animals.

fuckthatnoise
June 19th 2012



1479 Comments


this is sooooo good

livingisland
July 24th 2012



523 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Whenever I hear "Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings", all I can picture is Danny McBride looking really pissed off, walking through the woods with an axe in hand and a cigarette in his mouth, in slow-motion. Am I the only one?

livingisland
July 24th 2012



523 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

That video would be a lot funnier if Danny McBride played Aubrey Plaza's role

Although she is lovely

livingisland
July 24th 2012



523 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Well it would be funny, then. It's a great video, as well as the one for "Nancy From Now On"

Steoandnoodles
July 25th 2012



2832 Comments


I see what you mean livingisland. =P

I can imagine Danny McBride in one of those instances where he looks ticked off and on a binge in Eastbound and Down.

The videos are gold though. =)

SabertoothMonocle
August 1st 2012



493 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tHJB9Po_Hc

"Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings" music video is ethereal

Steoandnoodles
August 2nd 2012



2832 Comments


Hey potato! Pour me a drink and punch me in the face! Then call me Nancy...

Steoandnoodles
August 3rd 2012



2832 Comments


Nancyandnoodles.



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