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Christopher Owens : Lysandre

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Last summer Christopher Owens announced he was leaving Girls, the San Francisco-based group he co-founded in 2007, calling time on that band as well as a particularly productive chapter in an ever-fascinating life story that has taken the former frontman from the clutches of a religious cult (his parents were members of the Children of God) to serious critical acclaim via drug addiction, depression and – most recently – a starring role in Hedi Slimane’s latest Saint Laurent Paris fashion campaign. Lysandre, Owens’ first solo offering (out January 15 via Fat Possum/ Turnstile), is an eleven-track narrative inspired by his experiences touring Girls’ debut LP and recording its follow-up Father, Son, Holy Ghost; most significantly a short-lived long-distance relationship with the title character, a girl he met backstage at a festival in France. Mixing upbeat, flute- and sax-augmented rockers and maudlin, reflective ballads – revolving around a recurring central hook – it’s a quietly confident (yet reassuringly familiar) step towards a more ambitious style of songwriting from one of indie-pop’s most distinctive voices; listen to “Here We Go” below.

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About foamhands

My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

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