November 25, 2013


Listen: Father John Misty's Soundtrack to New Short Film

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Taylor Hill/FilmMagic

Former Fleet Foxes drummer Josh Tillman's debut as Father John Misty, Fear Fun, was one of (if perhaps the) best album of 2012. I couldn't get enough. Then, on a short solo acoustic tour this fall, Tillman debuted new material from his next LP—tentatively called I Love You, Honeybear, out in 2014—and again, I couldn't get enough. Seriously: Check out fan-shot YouTube footage of this song, this song and this song. This next LP is gonna be rad. And now there's a new film score to hold over Mistyites until his sophomore studio release arrives.

The score is for a short film called The History of Caves, written and directed by Tillman's wife Emma. It focuses on the Snow Family living in the Hollywood Hills—Evan Snow, a 40-year-old widower and watchmaker, and his children Velvet, Cassius and Azalea. Evan masks the pain of his wife's death by indulging in young women, much to the disgust of his children, who "take matters into their own hands," the film's website explains. "The film captures the moment of a family being irrevocably changed."

Fittingly, the soundtrack is full of nervous energy and drama, more similar to Tillman's moody pre-Father John Misty solo records as J. Tillman. It's all instrumental (most pieces are about one minute long) with mournful acoustic guitar and atmospheric piano, strings and horns. The film will drop soon (its official arrival is TBA) on Neflix, iTunes and Amazon, while the soundtrack will be released by Sub Pop, Misty's label, in a limited-edition run of 2,000 vinyl pressings for the Black Friday edition of Record Store Day

Listen to the score now on SoundCloud.