Father John Misty - an arresting and compelling fresh breeze on the horizon.
Father John Misty – a freshly arresting and compelling breeze on the horizon.

. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – Father John Misty – in session for Soirée de Poche – March 2, 2015 – ARTE-Web

A slight detour tonight from our look at last weekend’s Route du Rock Hiver Festival, for an informal house concert in Paris with Father John Misty, recorded yesterday (March 2nd) by La Blogothéque for Artè in Paris.

Father John Misty, otherwise known as Josh Tillman and formerly with the bands Saxon Shore and Fleet Foxes, stepped out as a solo artist in 2012 with some of the most compelling work I’ve heard in a very long time. His new album, I Love You, Honeybear came out last month and this impromptu and enthusiastically received house concert in Paris coincides with an extensive tour which started in January. It has him criss-crossing Europe before heading back over to the States, playing pretty much everywhere, including a stop at Coachella in April and all over the West Coast before heading East and finally back over to Europe in August until late October.

Shaping up to being a busy year. But he’s getting out to enough places so that there’s no excuse, no matter where you are, to catch him either in your town or close by.

I would put him at the top of the list of must-see artists this year. He’s put a whole fresh spin on the genre of Singer-Songwriter and kicked it into high gear. His work is compelling and engrossing. And even though this concert comes from a video presentation done by La Blogothéque in connection with the European concert site, Arte Web, listening to Father John Misty with your eyes closed is essential. Amazing imagery and a feast of lyrical substance. Note: there is a street-scene at the front of this and some otherwise jarring traffic noise for a few seconds. It’s not a glitch, it’s the intro.

Don’t miss him. And check this one out in the meantime.

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