After the shocking departure from his own band, former Girls’ frontman Christopher Owens has at last announced that his debut LP, Lysandre, will be released on January 15 of next year. The statement also contained an explanation of the album’s theme and a stream of the album’s first two tracks, “Lysandre’s Theme” and “Here We Go.”
The charming album opener is composed entirely of guitar and flute instrumentation, preparing the listener emotionally for the rest of the product much like the soundtrack of a movie’s opening credits. A backdrop synth sneaks “Lysandre’s Theme” into lead single “Here We Go”’s feathery guitars and intensely personal lyrics. The song’s main strength is the unity among instruments and vocals; achieved by aiming the sum towards a central, blended sound (thanks in part to the return of Doug Boehm, the producer of Girls’ fascinating Father, Son, Holy Ghost).
Not only has Owens’ attempt to weave each of Lysandre’s songs together proven successful thus far, but the songwriter has retained his ability to make music that is both fresh and familiar for the listener who is willing to discover the dark beauty of Owens’ unconventional life. Girls’ fans may have been able to wait for Lysandre before now, but the absolute promise these tracks contain, makes January 15 seem too far away.