Father John Misty drops new album 'God's Favorite Customer': Stream

Clocking just at half the length of 2017's 'Pure Comedy,' the stripped-down album sees Josh Tillman take us on a deeper dive through his grief, compelling immediate empathy.


                            Father John Misty drops new album 'God's Favorite Customer': Stream
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Father John Misty has just dropped 'God’s Favorite Customer', his fourth album since indie-folk rocker Josh Tillman began releasing music under that stage name. The album comes with a sense of urgency as it sees a release just a year after the highly acclaimed 'Pure Comedy'. 

'God's Favorite Customer' is a stripped-down affair; at 39 minutes, it’s almost half the length of 'Pure Comedy'. Produced by a team including longtime collaborator Jonathan Wilson, Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado, Natalie Mering (Weyes Blood) and The Haxan Cloak, the album finds Misty at his most introspective.

The album has already started gathering some rave reviews. Pitchfork promptly added it to its Best New Album section, calling it an album where Tillman "exhibits a new sense of empathy and vulnerability while losing none of his wit." The Guardian has rated the album four stars out of five and Consequence of Sound rates it a respectable 'B' claiming that the album is Misty's "most succinct effort yet". You can stream the full album below.

By Tillman’s own admission, 'God' Favorite Customer' is “less pretentious” than his past works. His more honest lyricism came during a six-week period during which his “life blew up” and he nearly lost the woman who was the inspiration behind his sophomore solo LP, I Love You, Honeybear.

It was a low point for Tillman, as he was living in a hotel and binging on bad habits, but it looks like he's channeled those emotions with deft creativity. 

Late last year, Tillman talked to Uncut about the process of writing the new record: “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."

Ahead of the album's release, we’ve been privy the singles 'Mr. Tillman,' and 'Please Don’t Die,' both of which were accompanied with music videos; and the simultaneously released 'Disappointing Diamonds Are the Rarest of Them All' and 'Just Dumb Enough to Try.'

Misty is currently on tour supporting the release, with festival appearances at Mountain Jam, Forecastle, Panorama, and Outside Lands on the docket. 

Father John Misty 2018 Tour Dates:
05/11 – Bloomington, IN @ Granfalloon: A Kurt Vonnegut Gathering! at Upland Brewing Company (solo show)
05/25 – Belfast, IE @ BBC Music The Biggest Weekend
05/26 – Halifax, UK @ The Piece Hall
05/27 – London, UK @ All Points East Festival
05/28 – Dublin, IE @ Vicar Street
05/29 – Dublin, IE @ Vicar Street
05/30 – Dublin, IE @ Vicar Street
06/01 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound Festival
06/02 – Nimes, FR @ This is Not A Love Song Festival
06/03 – Paris, FR @ We Love Green Festival
06/05 – Warsaw, PL @ Palladium
06/07 – Porto, PT @ NOS Primavera Sound Festival
06/08 – Aarhus, DK @ NorthSide Festival
06/10 – Hilvarenbeek, NL @ Best Kept Secret Festival
06/12 – Oslo, NO @ Sentrum Scene
06/14 – Bergen, NO @ Bergenfest
06/15-17 – Hunter, NY @ Mountain Jam
06/16 – Minneapolis, MN @ Rock The Garden Festival! at Walker Art Center
06/24 – Hollywood, CA @ Hollywood Bowl 
07/13 – Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival
07/20 – Jacksonville, OR @ Britt Pavilion 
07/21 – Troutdale, OR @ Edgefield Amphitheatre 
07/22 – Seattle, WA @ Capitol Hill Block Party
07/27 – New York, NY @ Panorama Music & Arts Festival
07/28 – Newport, RI @ Jane Pickens Theater (Newport Folk Festival Aftershow)
07/29 – Portland, ME @ Thompson’s Point 
08/01 – Raleigh, NC @ North Carolina Museum of Art Park Theater 
08/02 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem 
08/03 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE 
08/04 – Toronto, ON @ Historic Fort York & Garrison Commons 
08/10-11 – San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands Festival
08/12 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Concert House 
08/13 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Union 
08/15 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre 
08/17 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater 
08/18 – Omaha, NE @ Maha Music Festival
09/09 – Vancouver, BC @ SKOOKUM Festival
09/20 – Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater 
09/21 – Indianapolis, IN @ MacAllister Amphitheater at Garfield Park 
09/22 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre 
09/25 – Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater 
09/26 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore 
09/28 – Miami Beach, FL @ The Fillmore at the Jackie Gleason Theater 
09/29 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live 
10/01 – Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre 
10/03 – Birmingham, AL @ Iron City 
10/06 – New Orleans, LA @ Civic Theatre
10/05-07 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Festival
10/09 – Knoxville, TN @ The Mill & Mine
10/10 – Oxford, MS @ The Lyric Oxford
10/11 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Jones Assembly
10/12-14 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Festival
10/26 – Gateshead, UK @ Sage Gateshead 
10/27 – Liverpool, UK @ Olympia 
10/28 – Portsmouth, UK @ Portsmouth Guildhall 
10/29 – Leicester, UK @ De Montfort Hall 
10/30 – Bath, UK @ The Forum Bath 
11/01 – Antwerp, Belgium @ De Roma 
11/02 – Eindhoven, NL @ Effenaar 
11/03 – Groningen, NL @ TakeRoot Festival
11/05 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso 
11/06 – Darmstadt, DE @ Centralstation 
11/07 – Berlin, DE @ Huxleys Neue Welt 
11/09-10 – Weissenhäuser Strand, DE @ Rolling Stone Weekender
11/11 – Gothenburg, SE @ Konserthuset 
11/14 – Budapest, HU @ Müpa Budapest, Béla Bartók National Concert Hall 
11/15 – Vienna, Austria @ Arena Wien 
11/16 – Rust, DE @ Rolling Stone Park
11/17 – Zurich, CH @ Rote Fabrik 
11/18 – Lausanne, CH @ Les Docks