ARTICLE NATASHA STAGG
PHOTOGRAPHY RYAN MCGINLEY
We can’t imagine anything that could make us happier on a Thursday morning than a new track released on Christopher Owens’s new website, announcing a solo album out January 15th. “Lysandre’s Theme” is a step further in the direction Owens’s now defunct band, Girls, was heading with their last album, Father, Son and Holy Ghost in terms of production, and every bit as sincere. Not quite a pure pop song, with too much depth of field to be a typical indie slow burn, Owens is treading heavily in a territory between the two, perhaps best labeled the valley of fantasy. It’s as melodramatic as a scene from a 1970s movie version of a Shakespeare play, yet as genuine as every other contribution he’s made to the general psyche of his teen and teen-at-heart fanbase. We can hear this either in a way-too-lived-in bedroom on repeat or at a posh, perhaps Renaissance-inspired fashion party.