Father John Misty‘s new clip for That Night Josh Tillman Came To Our Apartment takes a turn toward the Freudian, showing the singer-songwriter picking himself up in a bar for a night of narcissistic eroticism. And with the Josh Tillman of the song’s title of course being Father John Misty himself, the layers of self-love continue to add up.
The song itself is a pensive and cynical dressing down of who we can only assume is one of Misty’s ex partners or flings. Misty’s heartfelt and earthy voice tells us all of this person’s bad qualities over the glittering late ’60s-style production. The real star of the song though is the lyrics, once again expertly deployed in Misty’s inimitable vocal style. Nuggets like “not every insufferable convo/sees her patiently explaining the cosmos/ of which she is in the middle.”
The video plays with the lyrics though, positioning Misty as his own difficult and frustrating paramour. Helmed by writer/director/producer Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3, MI5 – Rogue Nation), the clip sees Misty sending up his otherwise melancholic image as a troubled troubadour.
Speaking of the clip, Misty offers some thoughts as to its inspiration.
“This video is partially inspired by the LeBron James quote: ‘It is precisely the superficial differences between people who are otherwise alike that inform the hostilities between them.’ Special thanks to my body double Tyler who I had to kiss no fewer than two dozen times and whose breath I can still smell in my mind’s eye.”
Meanwhile Pearce has a lighter view of proceedings, stating, “it has been an honour to explore the palpable sexual chemistry that exists between Josh Tillman and himself. I hope this video does their enduring love affair justice.”
Father John Misty will soon visit Australia as a headline act for Meredith Music Festival‘s 25th anniversary as well as stops at the inaugural Fairgrounds Festival, WA’s new Disconnect Festival and his own select sideshows.