Father John Misty
(given name: Josh Tillman) has shared the first music video for a song from his forthcoming fourth album, God’s Favorite Customer, due out on June 1.
The “Mr. Tillman” visual, co-directed by Jeff Desom (Health, Hauskcha) and Carlos Lopez Estrada (Clipping, Blindspotting), is essentially The Tillman Show, with Misty as its Truman Burbank. The musician checks into an eerie hotel (the Mint Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev., to be precise), only to realize that he’s trapped in a loop and can’t check out, with bystanders and TV cameras watching him all the while. We half-expected the video to end on a slow zoom to a picture hanging on the hotel wall, depicting a smiling Tillman surrounded by a crowd of well-dressed revelers, and a sinister voiceover insisting that the musician has always been here.
“Mr. Tillman” was the lead single from God’s Favorite Customer, released back in February before the album had officially been announced. The details of the album were revealed last week, after which Misty made it official and shared two more singles, “Just Dumb Enough to Try” and “Disappointing Diamonds are the Rarest of Them All.”
God’s Favorite Customer is now available for preorder via Misty’s official store, Sub Pop, Bella Union and select indie retailers. The album follows Misty’s opus Pure Comedy, which Paste numbered among 2017’s best albums.
Watch Misty’s “Mr. Tillman” video and listen to his 2012 Daytrotter Session below.