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Hear Father John Misty Rock Gently on ‘Real Love Baby’

Josh Tillman slides into summer the Seals and Crofts way

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Father John Misty unveiled a charming new pop gem, "Real Love Baby."

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Father John Misty has released a sublime new song, “Real Love Baby,” explaining the track with a succinct two-word description on SoundCloud: “Why not.”

The song finds Father John Misty — real name Josh Tillman — treading similar territory as he did on 2015’s I Love You, Honeybear. “Real Love Baby” moves sweetly with a bongo-laced, soft-rock groove cut through with a gritty guitar line. Tillman’s classic pop vocals give the song an even mix of schmaltz and sincerity.

Earlier this week, Tillman posted a cheeky demo he said was written for a Toyota Prius commercial — in it he imitates Bruce Springsteen — while in January, he released a series of “rejected” Pandora promos. Outside his own music, Tillman recently scored a writing credit on Beyoncé’s Lemonade cut, “Hold Up,” penning a verse and the song’s refrain.

Tillman continues to tour in support of I Love You, Honeybear, with a string of European dates scheduled through the rest of the month. He’ll return to the U.S. in June for a handful of dates, including sets at Governors Ball and Bonnaroo, before playing another stretch of concerts in July.

Father John Misty discusses his evangelical upbringing and what it was like to see Taylor Swift on acid. Watch here.

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