Father John Misty has responded to news of his album leaking online before it was even announced.
The sardonic singer-songwriter’s new album ‘God’s Favorite Customer’ will be released on June 1 via Sub Pop/Bella Union.
Earlier this week, the musician (real name Josh Tillman) previewed the record with two new tracks, ‘Just Dumb Enough to Try’ and ‘Disappointing Diamonds Are the Rarest of Them All’.
According to reports, after iTunes leaked details of the album’s release date, tracklist and artwork, ‘God’s Favorite Customer’ was briefly made available to stream in full via Apple Music, before being removed again a short time later.
Seemingly referring to the incident, Tillman has posted a meme to Facebook, which features his facepalming artwork along with the caption, “When you album leaks a month early”. See that below.
NME has approached Apple Music representatives about the reported leak.
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.”
Hear both tracks above.
“Most of this next album was written in a six-week period where I was kind of on the straits,” said Tillman of the album, speaking in 2017. ”I was living in a hotel for two months. It’s kind of about… yeah… misadventure. The words were just pouring out of me. It’s really rooted in something that happened last year that was… well, my life blew up.
“I think the music essentially serves the purpose of making the painful and the isolating less painful and less isolating. But in short, it’s a heartache album.”
“It’s got ten songs,” Tillman told NME. The artist then called his previous albums “pretentious” and “squarely concept records”, adding that his next record will have “kinda spritely BPMs”.