Best Tracks 2015: Father John Misty - "Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)"
Tue, 29 Dec 2015 09:25:19
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There are few songs in popular music that deal with matrimonial love that also have the ability to move an audience beyond the small group of listeners who find the subject titillating enough to begin with. Jilted hearts and scorned lovers, we know, is the stuff of pop gold. Marriage, on the other hand, settling down and getting what you want: Where's the struggle in that?
"Chateau #4 (in C for Two Virgins)," the second single from Father John Misty's second full length album, I Love You, Honeybear, nods to one of the few exceptions—John Lennon and Yoko Ono's first album together, Unfinished Music, No. 1: Two Virgins—and explores the theme further, imbuing it with brass horns, sweeping strings, and lyrics of such ecstatic abandon it comes across like an institution he conceived of entirely. Leaping headlong into the first four lines, Tillman sings, "Emma eats bread and butter/Like a queen would have ostrich and cobra wine/We'll have satanic Christmas Eve/And play piano in the Chateau lobby."
The "Chateau" is L.A.'s Chateau Marmont, famous haunt of the Hollywood artistic set, and the song, Tillman explained in a Grantland interview, is "about Emma and I running around L.A. when we first met. This mariachi band [on the song] is part of the atmosphere here in L.A. You just hear it in the air."
Indeed, something's in the air: Love. Tillman's adoring, devotional lyrics—albeit addled by a widely documented use of psychedelics—are nevertheless a strange and wild look at a relationship he finds deeply inspirational, fulfilling, and purposeful. I'm still trying to decode "I wanna take you in the kitchen/Lift up your wedding dress someone was probably murdered in," but it's all part of Tillman's newfound joy and the magic of the song.
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