Although it makes room for moments of genuine sweetness and connection, Father John Misty’s great I Love You, Honeybear is a very bitter, very funny album, and “The Night Josh Tillman Came To Our Apartment” is perhaps its bitterest and funniest song, a petty, scathing laundry list of a lover’s flaws. It starts out amusing — and it keeps being amusing — but as it drags on and on, it becomes almost uncomfortably mean-spirited, and then you realize that, hey, this guy is kind of a dick — but that’s the point. Josh Tillman himself is guilty of the same crimes he’s accusing this poor girl of, and the song is a testament to the thinness of the line between narcissism and self-loathing. The track’s new video, which he teased a couple of days ago, makes this abundantly clear by casting Tillman as his own conquest: He picks himself up at a bar, brings himself home, hooks up with himself, and then leaves in the morning. “This video is partially inspired by the LeBron James quote ‘It is precisely the superficial differences between people who are otherwise alike that inform the hostilities between them,'” Tillman says in a press release. “Special thanks to my body double Tyler who I had to kiss no fewer than two dozen times and whose breath I can still smell in my mind’s eye.” Director Drew Pearce adds: “It has been an honor to explore the palpable sexual chemistry that exists between Josh Tillman and himself. I hope this video does their enduring love affair justice.” Watch below.
I Love You, Honeybear is out now on Sub Pop.