The singer-songwriter (real name Josh Tillman) was presenting Del Rey with the Global Impact Award at the ASCAP Pop Music Awards in Beverly Hills on Monday night (April 23) when he paid tribute to the star.
“Well, it strikes me as vaguely ironic to give a songwriting award to someone who just seems to effortlessly radiate songs,” Tillman said after an acoustic rendition of ‘Ride’, adding of his counterpart: “but I know how hard you work and what you do and I think everybody else does”.
Describing Del Rey’s talent as “singular”, Tillman continued: “You can take all the crack songwriters and put them in a bunker for a thousand years and they would not come up with [Lana track] ‘Fucked My Way Up To The Top’ ever, which I think will go down as the greatest song title of all time.”
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Tillman has collaborated with Del Rey in the past, notably appearing in her ‘Freak’ music video. He has also labelled the singer a “genius”.
Father John Misty’s new album ‘God’s Favorite Customer’ will be released on June 1 via Sub Pop/Bella Union.
Last week, the album was preceded with two new tracks, ‘Just Dumb Enough to Try’ and ‘Disappointing Diamonds Are the Rarest of Them All’.
Of Tillman’s new song ‘Disappointing Diamonds Are the Rarest of Them All’, NME recently wrote: “The man who made love cool on lush, unabashedly romantic barnstormin’ 2015 album ‘I Love You, Honeybear’ has here unveiled a thumping, glam-rock tinged belter that sounds dangerously close to a break-up song.”
“This is Misty unchained, this is Reservoir Misty, spattered in blood, wounded by love, kicking back and snarling at the person he can’t leave behind but can’t bear to be around, either.”
Of ‘Just Dumb Enough to Try’, NME said: “Kicking off with some plaintive piano, a la John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’, it isn’t long until we hit slightly more fabulous Elton John territory. Specks of 1970s glitter light up the darker corners of this moody tune about keeping the fading embers of love burning, like Jackson Browne after he’s knocked back a couple of special mushrooms and gone on a solo, soul-searching trip to Las Vegas.”