When Christopher Owens, lead singer and song-writer of San Francisco band Girls announced the dissolution of the band a couple of months back, a lot of music fans were very unhappy. Girls was a band that a lot of people loved, were critically adored, and were seemingly on the way up.
As Owens described in a lengthy interview with Pitchfork though, sometimes things just slowly break and fall apart. And Owens, who ran away from a religious cult that his family was part of when he was younger, is running away again and by himself.
A solo artist now, it seems ironic that Owen’s first creative output is more a callback to the past rather than to the future. Titled Lysandre, Owen’s upcoming album is named after a girl he met and fell in love with a few years back while he was still with Girls. The record, full of melancholy, seem oddly appropriate of his current journey. Now stripped of the breeziness and wistfulness that Girls‘ partner JR White’s production brings, all that’s left is a sadness that’s palpable and all too real.
Listen to the beautiful first single Here We Go, embedded below.
Christopher Owens – Lysandre comes out 1/15 via Fat Possum (order here)