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Girls – Album

With a back-story that includes oppressive time spent in the Children of God cult, the music of Christopher Owens and his San Francisco based band Girls absolutely bristles with a hard earned sense of freedom, love and loss. The apparent influences are impeccable but it’s what’s being done with them that bring so much to the table.

Taking a West Coast sound and mutating it into something new and urgent, these tracks are far removed from palm trees swaying in golden sunsets and days spent lounging by cool waters. This is heart-wrenching stuff delivered with a believable sense of conviction.

Album also features a production style that has a surprising level of depth under its initial lo-fi sound. Even after multiple listens there are so many cool ideas floating around, it constantly reveals new layers. There is also something slightly disconcerting when you use the pop stables like luminous guitars and glorious harmonies in service of such song of heartache.     

Psychedelic musings from a damaged past or the intense focus brought on by a rush of all the emotions previously restricted, it’s to this music’s credit that both of those descriptions have validity. When the ozone layer eventually disappears and we need Sunblock 3000 every time we lie out to catch rays, we will already have a perfect summer soundtrack.
Rob Hudson
www.matadorrecords.com

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