2015 Albums of the Year: Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear

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The Telescope presents: the top albums of 2015. We gathered best-of lists from staff and contributors, crunched some numbers and came up with a list of records that unanimously wowed us this year.

Who would have expected that an album titled I Love You, Honeybear would be one of the finest offerings of 2015?

Josh Tillman has been poking around the indie scene since the turn of the century, but it wasn’t ’til he came up with his Father John Misty moniker—and 2012’s Fear Fun—that he started making waves. This new album already sees Tillman changing directions, leaving the strange love songs that were all over Fear Fun for a more philosophical look at life.

ILYH is definitely a transition. Songs like “Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)” and “The Night Josh Tillman Came to Our Apartment” have more in common with his first album. Stand-out tracks “Bored in the USA” and “Holy Shit” are indicative of the new direction, and a more sociological approach. These tracks spend more time examining his views on life and how we interact, and less on trying to figure out why we love each other. FJM played “Bored in the USA” on Letterman several months before the album dropped, and he left the audience slightly speechless and unsure of his sincerity. Tracks like these find FJM walking a fine line between sarcasm and desperation.

When Tillman started his Father John Misty project, it came out like an Arcade Fire high school improv class, and ILYH lands closer to a Freudian SNL skit. The video for “The Night Josh Tillman Came to Our Apartment” sums this up perfectly. It’s entertaining to watch Tillman convince himself to go home with himself; I’m quite sure this video gives viewers a lesson on what picking up Tillman looks like, and also what it might look like if Tillman was picking you up.

With a record as good as I Love You, Honeybear, you can see why he loves himself so much. Maybe it’s the hat?

-Johnnysomebody

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