Monday, December 17, 2012

The 20 Best Albums of 2012

Posted By , and on Mon, Dec 17, 2012 at 5:00 AM

Page 11 of 13


3. Father John Misty — Fear Fun
After releasing seven albums under his own name between 2004 and 2010 and playing drums in Fleet Foxes for a few years before leaving the band in January of this year, Joshua Tillman underwent something of an artistic makeover and released his first album under the name Father John Misty. Listening to opener "Funtimes in Babylon," it doesn't seem like much of a departure from what he was doing with Fleet Foxes: it's immaculate in every conceivable way, from the sparklingly clean production and smoothed-out playing to his refreshingly commanding vocals. From there, though, things take a left turn. He relocated from Seattle to Laurel Canyon (in a van with a bunch of mushrooms, the story goes) and started writing a novel. The songs that came along with it capture the region's drugged out, borderline culty vibe in a way that it never has been before: with striking clarity and a sense of humor, not to mention a woefully underrated ear for melody and a southerner's knack for storytelling.
Key Track: "I'm Writing a Novel"

Tags: , , , ,

Comments (7)

Showing 1-7 of 7

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-7 of 7

Add a comment

More by Mike Conklin

More by Jeff Klingman

More by Lauren Beck

Most Commented On

  • 4 Art Exhibits You Need to See

    In which Francesco Clemente appears with Nas and Patti Smith, and in which certain picks are prefaced by anti-picks.
    • Oct 9, 2014
  • The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week

    Brando does Shakespeare, Hou does history, Capra does populism and Georgian cinema re-does Stalin.
    • Oct 8, 2014
  • More »

Most Shared Stories

Top Viewed Stories

Top Topics in The Measure

Film (15)

Art (5)

Music (4)

© 2014 The L Magazine
Website powered by Foundation