Fleet Foxes drummer and noted singer/songwriter J. Tillman is working on a new solo project called Father John Misty, and it looks like he has signed to the FF home of Sub Pop Records. ThisIsFakedDIY.com noticed that Tillman's management, The Agency Group, had posted the following on his artist page:
"In the summer of 2011, Joshua Tillman abruptly left Seattle, lived in his van for two months, wrote a novel on mushrooms and unexpectedly began writing songs under the name Father John Misty in a haunted Laurel Canyon shack. "Fear Fun" was recorded in Los Angeles with Jonathan Wilson, and mixed by Phil Ek in Seattle. "Fear Fun" will be released on Sub Pop May 1, 2012"
The info is now gone, and Sub Pop has no comment at the moment. But if you read the tea leaves -- the Father's Facebook page lists "Pop Bus" as his US label -- it's pretty clear.
The first track we've heard from the project, "I Would Love You," was released today's via http://fatherjohnmisty.tumblr.com/ and is a a collaboration with Phosphorescent's Matthew Houck. It's easy and barroom-anthemic like Houck's tunes are known for. But it's far livelier and open-ended than the light-footed acoustic records that dominate Tillman's solo catalogue. It's already one of the most interesting tracks he's put out.