As you know by now, we are officially back in the middle of Misty Season. It started in February with a Tease, a single called "Mr. Tillman" delivered without an album announcement. Last week brought us official word from Josh Tillman's Fourth FJM Tour God's Favorite Customer who arrived this June, just 14 months after one of the best albums of 2017, Pure Comedy . The message was followed by two new songs, "Just Dumb Enough To Try" and "Disappointing Diamonds Are The Rare Of All"; the former was one of our favorite songs of the last week.
But there was something missing. There are quite a few memorable videos scattered throughout the Misty canon. This is the man who brought us Aubrey Plazas sinister mishaps for "Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings," which brought us ourselves into "The Night When Josh Tillman came to our apartment", which brought us Macaulay Culkin as Kurt Cobain, who was crucified by Josh Tillman as Captain Hook / Ronald McDonald in "Total Entertainment Forever". So it felt incomplete that we did not have a distinctive clip for this new God's favorite customer .
Well, that's changing today with the arrival of an official video for "Mr. Tillman." (When the single appeared, she was accompanied by a visualizer crook.) Co-directed by Jeff Desom and Carlos Lopez Estrada, it Another trick that involves several Josh Tillmans, some creepy zoom-out tricks, as if they are becoming real people in The Sims and what seems to be some layers of meaning regarding the song and the album It represents.
In the song "Mr. Tillman," you get a seemingly straightforward story from FJM in the listless shaman mode that causes a scene in a hotel. (References to that originally hung around as "Mr. Tillman, Please Leave the Lobby.") But on this track, it really sounds like you're getting a breakdown because the hotel staff are trying to convince Mr. Tillman that no These are just other customers, not people filming a movie. The video for "Mr. Tillman" begins as if it were directly portraying the text, a voice that says "Mr. Tillman, are you ready?" Before a flip designates the beginning of a take.
There is an additional, even darker undertone that also works here. Tillman has hinted that he was "somehow on the street" during the time he wrote the songs for God's favorite client a time he spent in part in a hotel. The video for "Mr. Tillman" is a slimy, intoxicating thing that presents disturbing cycles, with our hero FJM trapped in a kind of feedback loop. Getting closer would be to give it away, so you should just keep going and see it for yourself.
God's Favorite Customer is out 6/1