In the Post #25: Girls – Album

By on Friday, 25th September 2009 at 4:30 pm
 

Girls (album)Making a lovely change from bands “who just form at school / college / university”, San Francisco’s Girls have one hell of a backstory. As Pitchfork says:

Girls frontman Christopher Owens grew up in the Children of God cult. His older brother died as a baby because the cult didn’t believe in medical attention. His dad left. He and his mother lived around the world, and the cult sometimes forced his mother to prostitute herself. As a teenager, Owens fled and lived as a Texas gutter-punk for a while. Then a local millionaire took Owens under his wing, and Owens moved to San Francisco. There, he and Chet “JR” White formed Girls, and recorded Album, their debut album, under the influence of just about every kind of pill they could find.

Phew. Their innovatively titled “Album” is a lo-fi piece of amazingness – hazy and dreamy you can just see the psychedelic colours swirling in front of your eyes. It’s not gonna be to everyone’s taste, indeed it’s not my first choice of album to pop on at the moment, but they definately have that little magic “something” that takes an album from so-so -ness to “wow, that’s quite something”.

8 /10

MP3: Girls – Hellhole Ratrace

[vimeo]http://www.vimeo.com/3847660[/vimeo]

Buy this if you like:
MGMT, 60’s psychedelia, lots of feedback, Lo-fi hazy stuff to get high to.

Don’t buy this if you like:
Mainstream, radio-friendly middle of the road songs with a verse / chorus / verse pattern

Girls‘ debut album, “Album” is out on Monday. Pre-order from Amazon or pop into your favourite local record store. If you want to know more about Christopher Owens, read this interview – it is just about everything you’ll ever need to know about him

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