Friday, March 6, 2015

The Best, Most Unconventional Love Song: Father John Misty's "Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)"

If you're like me, and my entire office, you've been listening to the new Father John Misty album pretty much non-stop since it's recent release. I Love You, Honeybear is so very FJM - completely weird, anthemic and delectable in every single way.

The former Fleet Foxes drummer, also known as Josh Tillman or J. Tillman, is a hilarious tall drink of water - a sort of tongue-in-cheek folk star born out of this solo moniker he undertook three years ago.

His sophomore release, an even more dynamic and quirky collection of new folk classics, features odes like "Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)" - probably the most unconventional, yet awesome, love song of the year so far. Although melodically quite pretty, with all of its orchestra-meets-spaghetti western appeal, the entire jangly affair has just got to be based off a bizarre sex dream or inside joke between Father John and his wife, Emma (featured in the iPad-shot video below).  Talk of taking her in the kitchen, lifting up her "wedding dress someone was probably murdered in" and having never met someone who hates the same things as him are only a few of the anti-sweet-nothings the colourful indie prince croons in this lively tune. It's one of the most strangely romantic and addictive songs currently in my rotation.

Oh, and another weird/fun fact? FJM originally wanted the video to feature himself presiding over a kitten wedding, but it was just too difficult to find kitten wranglers.

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