Josh Tillman has proven himself a music powerhouse for nearly two decades. The singer-songwriter found early attention in the folk scene, releasing eight studio albums in a span of seven years under the name J. Tillman. In 2008, Tillman joined the Seattle indie folk ensemble, Fleet Foxes as their drummer. His music soon saw a major shift, brought on by what could best be described as an identity crisis. Tillman left Seattle and, briefly, his solo career before re-emerging under the new moniker Father John Misty. His eclectic indie pop, distinctive humor, and eccentric performances have set him apart as one of modern music’s idiosyncratic talents. But Father John Misty’s latest EP Anthem +3 sees Tillman making a return to his folk roots.
Covering Leonard Cohen, Link Wray, and Cat Stevens, these new tracks evoke the hopefulness of a Kevin Morby tune without the moodiness of Tillman’s early folk work. The EP’s opener, “Anthem”, calms the dramatics of Cohen’s original with more subtle synth chords and smooth vocals. The EP is rounded out by an impassioned rendition of “One of Us Cannot Be Wrong”, featuring a screaming Father John Misty atop a landscape of bright horn melodies, vintage keyboard sounds, and western guitar licks.
Listen to Anthem +3 here.