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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Christopher Owens Announces Solo Album With the Lovely "Here We Go"

Posted By on Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 9:41 AM

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Update, 10/29/12: Owens has announced a series of four solo shows, the first here in S.F. on Nov. 9, where he'll be playing the new album in full to a small live audience. The S.F. show at the Regency will also feature the musicians who played on the album. Unfortunately, the show has already sold out.

Anyone wondering what Christopher Owens would be up to after he left S.F. band Girls earlier this year just got a rather exciting answer.

Owens plans to release his debut solo album, Lysandre, on Fat Possum come Jan. 15, 2013. And today he released the first single from the new album, "Here We Go" -- a delicate slice of baroque pop that sounds a lot like Girls' quieter moments.

It's got mournful flutes, soft acoustic guitars, and a few background singers -- but also a searing guitar solo. No wonder then, that it was produced by Doug Boehm, who also worked on the Girls' lauded second album, Father, Son, Holy Ghost. Owens also released another track, the 37-second "Lysandre's Theme," which he wrote on a classical guitar after the first night he spent in San Francisco with the woman who inspired the album.

The album is partly a "complete narrative" of their story, Owens explains in the accompanying press release. "Lysandre could easily be mistaken as an album about a love affair," Owens says. "But it's much more than that":

While love inspired me to write "Lysandre's Theme"--and the album closes with this encounter--it also tells a story: the story of a writer in a band who suddenly finds himself facing the reality of a first tour and everything that entailed; from writing alone at home, to suddenly being in a band preparing for their first out of town shows. It's a personal account. My account. Not that of a band or what the world might have seen. This is some of what I was feeling. A little window into my soul.

Count us intrigued. Check out "Here We Go," and the tracklisting for Lysandre, below:

-- @iPORT


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