by Andrew Frisicano
J Tillman, drummer and backing vocalist for Fleet Foxes, is six records (and two EPs) in on his own eponymous album-making venture. The sixth LP, Year In The Kingdom, came out this September on Western Vinyl. Two restrained folk takes from that are above.
Tillman is currently on a tour across North America with Pearly Gate Music, a band led by his brother Zach that was recently signed to Barsuk Records. The bands come to Brooklyn's Bell House on Monday, November 16th. Tickets are on sale now.
The songs above are certainly worth checking out, but the clincher here is the video for "Though I Have Wronged You," posted below. The existential, Internet-age tale of two dots is perfectly unsuited to the song itself, which is ethereal, stark and decidedly not (at first glance) concerned with the Internet. Its broad, rooted scope is reflected in other songs as well.
Consequence of Sound: "There is no Good in Me" is a great story song. What inspired that one?Fleet Foxes last hit the NYC area at All Points West on July 31st.
Tillman: It's kind of Zoroastrian narrative, good and evil existing outside of our perceived moral duality. Or the idea that someone with influence enough can just dictate what "good" and "evil" are.
Videos, album info and tour dates for J Tillman are posted below...
'Year In The Kingdom' tracklist
Year In The Kingdom
Though I Have Wronged You
Age Of Man
There Is No Good In Me
Marked In The Valley
Light Of The Living
J. Tillman - "Though I Wronged You" + "Barter Blues"
J Tillman - 2009 Tour Dates
11/10 - The Pike Room at the Crofoot - Pontiac, MI #
11/11 - Horseshoe Tavern - Toronto, ON #
11/12 - Il Motore - Montreal, QB #
11/13 - Space - Portland, ME #
11/15 - Middle East Upstairs - Cambridge, MA #
11/16 - The Bell House - Brooklyn, NY #
11/17 - First Unitarian Church - Philadelphia, PA #
11/18 - 9:30 Club - Washington, D.C. #
11/19 - UVA Chapel - Charlotesville, NC #
11/20 - Grey Eagle - Asheville, NC #
11/21 - The Earl - Atlanta, GA #
11/23 - The Bottletree - Birmingham, AL #
11/24 - One Eyed Jack's - New Orleans, LA #
11/26 - Walter's on Washington - Houston, TX #
11/27 - The Mohawk - Austin, TX #
11/28 - Hailey's - Denton, TX #
11/30 - Modified - Phoenix, AZ #
12/01 - Casbah - San Diego, CA #
12/02 - Troubadour - Los Angeles, CA #
12/04 - Great American Music Hall - San Francisco, CA #
12/10 - The Biltmore Cabaret - Vancouver, BC
12/11 - The Crocodile - Seattle, WA #
12/12 - Mississippi Studios - Portland, OR #
# w/ Pearly Gate Music