The 11-track effort was recorded over the last two years in Los Angeles alongside producer Jonathan Wilson, who also helmed Father John Misty’s 2012 debut Fear Fun. In a statement, mastermind J. Tillman said the LP has a “decidedly more soulful presence” than its predecessor, due in “no small part to the fact that I am truly singing my ass off all over this motherfucker. The album is really characterized by the scope and ambition of the arrangements.”
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Tillman cites a number of different influences for the album, both musical and otherwise, including solo-era John Lennon, Scott Walker, Randy Newman, Harry Nilsson, and Dory Previn, as well as Woody Allen, Kurt Vonnegut, Alejandro Jodorowsky and Muhammad Ali.
The album’s lyrical content, meanwhile, centers on “a guy named Josh Tillman who spends quite a bit of time banging his head against walls, cultivating weak ties with strangers and generally avoiding intimacy at all costs. In a parking lot somewhere he meets Emma, who inspires in him a vision of a life wherein being truly seen is not synonymous with shame, but possibly true liberation and sublime, unfettered creativity. These ambitions are initially thwarted as jealousy, self-destruction and other charming human character traits emerge.”
I Love You, Honeybear Tracklist:
01 .I Love You, Honeybear
02. Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)
03. True Affection
04. The Night Josh Tillman Came To Our Apt.
05. When You’re Smiling and Astride Me
06. Nothing Good Ever Happens At the Goddamn Thirsty Crow
07. Strange Encounter
08. The Ideal Husband
09. Bored In The USA
10. Holy Shit
11. I Went To The Store One Day