Father John Misty’s J. Tillman has previewed another track from his upcoming sophomore solo album, I Love You, Honeybear, due out February 10th via Sub Pop. Following the satirical “Bored In The USA”, “Chateau Lobby #4 (In C For Two Virgins)” is a wellspring of romantic energy, a lively and jangly mixture of sweeping orchestration, energetic folk rock, and Tillman’s own inspired croon.
Below, watch its accompanying video. Directed by Tillman and shot by his filmmaker wife Emma on an iPad, the clip features footage of their recent wedding anniversary.
In a open letter, Tillman discusses, among other things, the song’s inspiration and an original video concept that involved marrying cats.
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,