Fleet Foxes emerged out of nowhere in 2008 to craft one of the most beloved albums of the aughts with their self-titled debut (and continued the good-will with last year's well-received Helplessness Blues
. J. Tillman, now performing under the moniker of Father John Misty
, was the drummer for Fleet Foxes from 2008 to 2012 but has left the band to record his own solo material. While we regret losing any part of the formula that made Fleet Foxes so successful, Tillman's debut solo album, Fear Fun
, is such an affecting and haunting record that we understand why he may have wanted to leave the nest. For anyone expecting his first album as Father John Misty to be Fleet Foxes-lite, rest assured that Tillman has struck his own path as an artist though still finding the beauty (in occasional dark corners) that Fleet Foxes fans love.