Fear Fun is the first studio album released by American folk musician Josh Tillman under his pseudonym Father John Misty. The album was produced by both Tillman and Jonathan Wilson and it was released following Tillman's departure from Fleet Foxes. On the record, Josh has shaken his lonesome, somber tone in favor of something more gregarious, engaging, even funny.
The album began gestating during what Tillman describes as an “immobilizing period of depression”, in his former Seattle home. “Songwriting for me had always only been interesting and necessary because I saw it as this vehicle for truth, but I had this realization that all I had really done with it was lick my wounds for years and years, and become more and more isolated from people and experiences.
I don’t even like wound-licking music, I want to listen to someone rip their arm off and beat themselves with it. I don’t believe that until now I’ve ever put anything at risk in my music. I was hell-bent on putting my preciousness at stake in order to find something worth singing about.”