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Download as PDF Printable version. February 9, Indie folk indie rock soft rock baroque pop folktronica . Jonathan Wilson Josh Tillman. The History of Caves I Love You, Honeybear Pure Comedy Performance Josh Tillman all tracks Jonathan Wilson except track 11 Keefus Ciancia except tracks 2, 11 Benji Lysaght tracks 1, 4 Arrangement Paul Jacob Cartwright — string arrangement tracks 1, 3, 5—7, 9—11 , mandolin arrangement tracks 6, 11 , interlude arrangement track 10 Gabriel Noel — string arrangement tracks 1, 4, 8 Fred Herrera — horn arrangement track 2 , string arrangement track 2 Josh Tillman — horn arrangement track 2 , string arrangement track 2.
Tillman is a wordy writer. At times, the music on Honeybear almost acts as a palliative to his lyrics, blunting the edges and keeping the mood friendly enough to get you from one excoriating piece of satire to the next.
Fans of the Beatles and Sufjan Stevens will find that songs from Honeybear sit comfortably in their Spotify "Mountain Drive" playlists; fans of stand-up comedy will find the album as thorough, sad and bitterly cathartic as any good hour-long special.
For all his poetic undercurrents, Tillman is a showman that way: He knows how to get his message across in a form people can clap to. Honeybear is conflicted music that leaves me with conflicted feelings. He opens the album by forecasting the apocalypse but most of the time comes off as the kind of mystic who gives up and embraces the debauchery, the patrician in some yoga sex ring, a bimbo Nero who fiddles while Los Angeles burns and occasionally gets sidetracked gloating about how hot his wife is.
Yes, he gets high, but he never really leaves the dirty, dirty ground. In the end, his sincerity is a sharper weapon than his humor. The album ends with what were apparently his first words to his wife: "Seen you around. A few lines earlier, he had us at the brink of their deaths. Skip to content Search query All Results. Pitchfork is the most trusted voice in music.