Joshua Tillman, ex-drummer of Fleet Foxes and now the exceptional Father John Misty, has just released his new album I Love You, Honeybear. The upbeat and excellent album shows the light-hearted side of Tillman alongside his extremely talented and unique way of making music. Compared to his previous album Fear Fun, this release is a lot more autobiographical, allowing Tillman to write the most heart-wrenching love songs, yet putting as much emotion and as much of himself into this record, in order to produce something musicians all around will be in awe of.
It is apparent Tillman knows what is needed for an album to work. He shows off many production techniques that ordinarily shouldn’t work – these electro-pop, eardrum-bursting sounds. However, unexpectedly, it does in fact work for the track True Affection. This gives a bit more depth to this album showcasing his talents and allowing Tillman to cross over to other genres, completely leaving his comfort zone.
Lyrically Tillman shows us a side of him never seen before. He toys with emotions, almost acting as if he’s an outsider looking in on his own life and stories. The Night Josh Tillman Came to our Apt. displays Tillman himself poking fun at his life – ‘I just love the kind of woman who can walk over a man’. In a song self-titled about himself maybe this is just satirical or maybe just plain weird.
The album itself is slow-paced, fast-paced, electronic and folky all in one. As a record this doesn’t necessarily work, however. It is almost as if a number of songs have just been put on an album to make it what it is. This itself is the only disappointing aspect of the collection.
I Love You, Honeybear however does showcase the eccentric vocals and lyrical genius of Tillman, with many outstanding songs such as Strange Encounter, Bored In The USA and the outstanding title-track I Love You, Honeybear. Each song is both witty and catchy, making it an easy and enjoyable listen, but don’t let your children hear!