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Preview Christopher Owens’ ‘Lysandre Acoustic’ Album With Bittersweet ‘Part of Me’

Former Girls singer gets stripped for surprise free release

picture-18276-1372868632Chris Martins // April 16, 2013

With his previous band Girls, Christopher Owens made his name unabashedly exploring emotional fragility over a combination of pop and garage-rock that swooned or swirled in response to the lyrics. With his first solo endeavor Lysandre, Owens established an on-album persona capable of looking back on the moment, rather than living firmly within it at all times. “A summer sun, a perfect / A perfect night, it ended in the morning,” he sings on “Part of Me (Lysandre’s Epilogue),” a lovely little bittersweet ode to losing love. Considering the wistful vibes of the song, it almost seems meant to be heard in acoustic form — thankfully, Owens has re-recorded not only “Part of Me” (streaming below) but the rest of Lysandre as well for an acoustic version of the album that will be released Wednesday (April 17, 9 a.m. EST) and made available for free download at his website. Fans looking for something physical can pre-order the Lysandre Acoustic vinyl 10-inch via Turnstile Music (U.K.) and Fat Possum (U.S.) beginning on Wednesday as well.