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Singing about love without bullshit: The Father John Misty Story

The Hound gives this album 5 out of 5 stars

Father John Misty has presented 45 minutes of music that takes an outlook on love so original listeners will be weeping tears of bliss, heartbreak, sadness and laughter all throughout each second.

After reigning as drummer/godlike harmonizer in indie-folk group Fleet Foxes and releasing multiple solo albums under his real name Josh Tillman, the moniker of Father John Misty was created. The character evolved into the Jim Morrison-meets-modern day cynic/lady swooner that released the critically acclaimed psychedelic-folk Fear Fun (2012) and amazed audiences with his semi-deranged onstage banter and the mind-blowing delight his voice can bring.

With his most recent output I Love You, Honeybear, Tillman takes storytelling alongside a delicate acoustic guitar and a beautiful, Laurel Canyon-esque production to a place of raw honesty and truer-than-true romantic confession. Labeled by Tillman as a concept album “about Josh Tillman,” nearly every song’s lyrical content has a strong influence of the artist’s recent marriage to photographer Emma Elizabeth Tillman.

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Stephan Malkmus and the Jicks bring 90s indie nostalgia back

The Hound gives this album 3 out of 5 stars

For music lovers who pride themselves on being part human, part genre encyclopedias, it is a given that Pavement, the Californian indie gods of the 90s, were a quintessential example of groundbreaking music neglected by so many. Led by the intellectually witty and talented Stephan Malkmus (lead guitar and vocals), the group blasted fuzz-filled guitar anthems holding plenty experimentation, while always supplying insightfully hilarious lyrics.

Similar to genre pioneers the Velvet Underground, Pavement received bountiful praise from critics and artists without much mainstream popularity, having only one single, “Cut Your Hair,” that made any sort of mainstream splash (more due to the comical music video than the actual track). Nonetheless, the group helped kick-start the indie rock movement that today stands as the overseer of most rock-based genres, whether it be cow-punk, freak folk or the more tame indie-pop.

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