Tweet Tweet!

HOME 
REVIEWS
albums
singles/downloads
gigs
demos
NEWS
INTERVIEWS
FREE MP3s
STREAMED MUSIC
MUSIC VIDEOS
FORUM
LINKS
ABOUT US
CONTACT US
SEARCH
Follow SXP on Twitter
- RSS Feed
 
SoundsXP Presents
Next show:

Friday 18th April
Shopping
Flamingods
Just Handshakes
The Graphite Sets
Ampline
Witching Waves
+ More tbc

Venue: The Windmill, Brixton, London

Buy tickets from here

On Our iPod

Latest Forum Posts
Album Review

Christopher Owens
Lysandre Turnstile

Article written by Ged M - Jan 29, 2013

christopher_owens.jpg
The first solo album from Owens, formerly one-half of Girls, is a concept of sorts, a nakedly confessional tale of touring with a band and meeting and losing the titular girl. Whereas Girls’ records mixed up surf-rock and indie with more orchestral pop (with everything from the Beach Boys to Felt and Spiritualised in the pot) Lysandre has more of a unified soft rock feel, held together with a pretty acid-folk motif ‘Lysandre’s Theme’.

Lysandre doesn’t have the same whiny tendency as some records by Girls but equally it doesn’t produce anything as memorable as ‘Hellhole Ratrace’ from Girls’ debut. Instead, Lysandre is packed with Buddy Holly touches and light Californian 70s pop, with some terribly twee 50s pop touches on the title track and a surfeit of breezy saxophone everywhere else. There are better touches, like on ‘Love is in the Ear of the Listener’ where he’s beset by doubt: “what if I’m just a bad songwriter and everything I say has been said before?” but ultimately this is a lot of uber-romantic froth, a bit like Ariel Pink’s knowing attempts at AOR and just as unsuccessful. Though he asks “don’t try to harsh my mellow, man” on ‘Here We Go Again’, I’m going to have to do just that. Man.

Links:
http://www.christopherowensonline.com/
http://www.turnstilemusic.net/artists/christopher-owens/
https://www.facebook.com/christopherowensonline

LATEST FEATURES
LATEST NEWS
Double documentary delight with British Sea Power
You can't keep a Goodman down... La Sera return to UK
What's indie store for you this Record Store Day? Large list announced
Record Store Day is a good habit for Flying Nun fans
Delia Derbyshire Day 2014
See Jingle See Jangle... C86 Go!
Toot! Toot! Indietracks names first acts
Live CD/DVD box is something to Bragg about
Breakfast to a tea for the Teleman
Good news for ghouls and boys as Fresh and Onlys announce album
LATEST FREE MP3s
Gold Light "True Love Never Dies"
Paradise "Born and Bound"
Unicycle Loves You "Face Tattoo"
Earl Boykins "LEGGY BLONDES"
C O L L E C T R E S S "Spell"
The Rich Hands "Teenager"
Violet Swells "Jupiters Garden"
The Crayon Set "Attack"
PASTEL GHOST "PRISM"
Reveries "Rows"

 

© Sounds XP Design by Darren O'Connor and Adam Walker