The former Fleet Foxes drummer Josh Tillman is about to release I Love You, Honeybear, the second album from his ’70s hippie lounge-lizard persona Father John Misty. Up until this morning, all we’ve heard from it is the great first single “Bored In The USA.” But today, Tillman has shared a video for the equally strong album track “Chateau Lobby #4 (In C For Two Virgins).” Tillman co-directed the video with his filmmaker wife Emma, filming it on their wedding anniversary and capturing some warm and private vacation moments through a warping and distancing camera effect. The real attraction is the song itself, a grandly sighing orchestral singer-songwriter tune with strings and horns and Spanish guitars. Below, check out the video and read some characteristically erudite words from Tillman, who says he doesn’t care if you like the video or not.
A few months ago, I had an idea for a music video. I was going to rent a wedding chapel, get a dozen kittens and stage a kitten wedding, over which I would preside and intercut with performance footage of me lip-syncing the song which you’re hearing today, “Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins).”
Sounds great, right? It may have even gone viral because kittens. If a video goes viral, that means you’re reaching a wider audience, and you might even get on a chart. If you get on a chart that means you’re streaming more records, and the more records you’re streaming the more money you supposedly have for hiring kitten wranglers.
Aside from the fact that kitten wranglers are considerably more expensive than you may realize and that said-kitten wranglers all informed me there was no way we were going to be able get the outfits I had mocked up onto said-kittens, there was another extenuating factor involved in the decision to abort this music video concept and ruin the slim likelihood that I might ever get to see the Huffington Post entertainment headline “EX-FLEET FOXES DRUMMER WEDS CATS.”
That reason is that the song actually means a great a deal to me.
It’s got the #4 on it because this iteration Chateau Lobby was the 4th attempt at arranging and producing the song that did not turn out perversely sentimental. Sentimentality brutalizes emotion. Much like ironic music videos.
I don’t care all that much if you like the music video or not. The label isn’t crazy about it. Management isn’t crazy about it. I have been informed I’m basically kissing an MTV “Woodie” award goodbye forever. I made it on an iPad on my wedding anniversary with the one I love. We ate pancakes.
I love you,
I Love You, Honeybear is out 2/10 on Sub Pop.