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Father John Misty Chronicles His Wedding Anniversary in New Video

Father John Misty

Who works during their wedding anniversary? Well, Father John Misty and his new wife Emma Tillman do, apparently. In celebration of their relationship, the former Fleet Foxes drummer and his wife filmed and directed a new video for “Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins),” which is set to appear on Misty’s forthcoming disc, I Love You, Honeybear.

The iPad-shot clip, which has been kaleidoscope-filtered within an inch of its life, follows the lovebirds doing such adorable activities as swimming, lolling in bed, taking pictures, and devouring banana-strawberry pancakes. Better the couple advertise public displays of affection via music video than plastering it all over Instagram.  

Tillman delved into his visuals via press release. 

A few months ago, I had an idea for a music video. I was going to rent a wedding chapel, get a dozen kittens and stage a kitten wedding, over which I would preside and intercut with performance footage of me lip-syncing the song which you’re hearing today, “Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins).” Sounds great, right? It may have even gone viral because kittens. If a video goes viral, that means you’re reaching a wider audience, and you might even get on a chart. If you get on a chart that means you’re streaming more records, and the more records you’re streaming the more money you supposedly have for hiring kitten wranglers.

Aside from the fact that kitten wranglers are considerably more expensive than you may realize and that said-kitten wranglers all informed me there was no way we were going to be able get the outfits I had mocked up onto said-kittens, there was another extenuating factor involved in the decision to abort this music video concept and ruin the slim likelihood that I might ever get to see the Huffington Post entertainment headline “EX-FLEET FOXES DRUMMER WEDS CATS.”

That reason is that the song actually means a great a deal to me.
It’s got the #4 on it because this iteration Chateau Lobby was the 4th attempt at arranging and producing the song that did not turn out perversely sentimental. Sentimentality brutalizes emotion. Much like ironic music videos.

I don’t care all that much if you like the music video or not. The label isn’t crazy about it. Management isn’t crazy about it. I have been informed I’m basically kissing an MTV “Woodie” award goodbye forever. I made it on an iPad on my wedding anniversary with the one I love. We ate pancakes.

I love you,

Watch the clip above, and look out for I Love You, Honeybear on February 10 via SubPop.