Father John Misty Shares New Song “Mr. Tillman”

Official Audio Becomes a Surprise Goofy Video

Feb 20, 2018
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Father John Misty (aka Josh Tillman) released his latest album, Pure Comedy, in April 2017 via Sub Pop (it was Under the Radar's #1 Album of 2017 So Far in our midyear wrap up and #9 in our final Top 100 Albums of 2017 list). Now he has shared a brand new song, "Mr. Tillman." He has played the song live before and in the past it was sometimes referred to on setlists as "Mr. Tillman, Please Exit the Lobby." As that original extended title suggests, the song features Tillman in a hotel lobby and is sung from the perspective of a hotel employee. In the amusing song, Tillman slowly seems to be losing his mind, becoming paranoid and thinking that the hotel clientele are extras in a movie. "Perhaps you shouldn't drink alone?" the hotel employee advises. Jason Isbell is name dropped at one point. The song was shared via a YouTube post that at first appears to be a basic "Official Audio" video with the song's title against a red background, but about two minutes in Tillman shows up and starts dancing in front of still images of hotel lobbies and bars. Watch it below. 

Tillman said in July 2017 he was almost done with his next album and that it would be due out in 2018. Also in a November 2017 with the British music magazine Uncut Tillman shed some more light on his next album and also revealed some of its potential song titles. In the interview Tillman described the new album as "the real I Love You, Honeybear but without the cynicism," referencing his 2015 album.

Father John Misty appeared on the cover of Under the Radar's Spring 2017 Issue.

Read our 2017 cover story interview with Father John Misty.

Read our 2017 cover story bonus Q&A with Father John Misty.

Also read our rave review of Pure Comedy.

Pure Comedy is the follow-up to Father John Misty's excellent 2015-released sophomore album, I Love You, Honeybear. I Love You, Honeybear, was Under the Radar's #1 album of 2015. Consequently, Father John Misty was on the cover of our Best of 2015 print issue and you can read that cover story article here. Also read our earlier 2015 print article on Father John Misty and our earlier 2015 bonus Q&A with Tillman (also read our 2012 interview with him).

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February 20th 2018

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