It’s nice to see someone is using their iPad camera’s visual effects for something other than to make themselves look like the conjoined twins from American Horror Story: Freak Show. Father John Misty, the alter ego of Josh Tillman, and his wife Emma recently celebrated their wedding anniversary. To mark the occasion, they used their iPad to make a kaleidoscopic video for a new song called “Chateau Lobby #4 (In C for Two Virgins),” from Father John Misty’s upcoming album I Love You, Honeybear.
The video shows the happy couple swimming, relaxing in bed and enjoying a delicious-looking breakfast. The song itself comes across as every bit as hyper-sincere as I Love You, Honeybear‘s laughtrack-assisted “Bored in the USA” was hyper-sardonic: It’s a richly orchestrated West Coast sunshine-pop love story; of course, Misty being Misty, he also mentions her “wedding dress someone was probably murdered in” and being “so bourgeoisie.” What’s more, Tillman sent out one of his characteristically colorful statements to announce the album, explaining his original video idea was to stage a kitten wedding.
I Love You, Honeybear will be available on February 9 in Europe via Bella Union and February 10 for the rest of the world via Sub Pop. “Chateau Lobby #4 (In C for Two Virgins)” should be available today through streaming services and online download stores. Watch the video below, and scroll down for Tillman’s note. “People are boring, but you’re something else I can’t explain,” he sings, and that lovely thought even goes for you two-headed iPad borrowers out there.
BACK INTO THE GAPING MAW OF PROMOTIONAL CORRESPONDENCE
A few months ago, I had an idea for a video. I was going to rent a wedding chapel, get a dozen kittens and stage a kitten wedding, over which I would preside and intercut with performance footage of me lip-syncing the song which you’re hearing today, “Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)”.
Sounds great, right? It may have even gone viral because kittens. If a video goes viral, than means you’re reaching a wider audience, and you might even get on a chart. If you get on a chart that means you’re streaming more records, and the more records you’re streaming the more money you supposedly have for hiring kitten wranglers.
Aside from the fact that kitten wranglers are considerably more expensive than you may realize and that said-kitten wranglers all informed me there was no way we were going to be able get the outfits I had mocked up onto said-kittens, there was another extenuating factor involved in the decision to abort this music video concept and ruin the slim likelihood that I might ever get to see the Huffington Post entertainment headline “EX-FLEET FOXES DRUMMER WEDS CATS”.
That reason is that the song actually means a great a deal to me.
It’s got the #4 on it because this iteration Chateau Lobby was the 4th attempt at arranging and producing the song that did not turn out perversely sentimental. Sentimentality brutalizes emotion. Much like ironic music videos.
I don’t care if you like the video or not. The label isn’t crazy about it. Management isn’t crazy about it. I have been informed I’m basically kissing an MTV Woody award goodbye forever. I made it on an iPad on my wedding anniversary with the one I love. We ate pancakes.
I love you,