Published Jul 09, 2014Christopher Owens, formerly of the band Girls (and hater of the television show Girls) shared his first solo album, Lysandre, back in 2013. Now, the artist is back with a sophomore set of songs.
The new LP is called A New Testament, and it features 12 new songs from the artist. These include "Stephen," which was released earlier this year, and "Nothing More Than Everything to Me," which has a brand new music video that can be viewed below.
A New Testament includes appearances from Girls members John Anderson, Darren Weiss and Danny Eisenberg.
In a lengthy statement, Owens had this to say about the album's inspiration: Every new album is a new testament.
It's a testament to honest, earnest, simple songwriting — "three chords and the truth", songs inspired by the fundamentals of American music — Gospel, Country, R&B, picking the songs for this record was exciting enough for me, because they're some of the ones that speak to me the most, of my memories, real life experiences, my battles, my victories. But hearing the record actually take form and come to life was even more exciting than I imagined. The new ground we worked towards — playing with Ed Efira on pedal steel for the first time, all of it was an amazing experience.
This album is nothing if not a testament to the power of music, and to the musicians that made it—John Anderson, Darren Weiss, Makeda — who all helped make Father Son Holy Ghost what it is, Danny Eisenberg — who was introduced to me during the sessions for Broken Dreams Club and played again on Father Son Holy Ghost, this is now our third record together, and I think that's what shows.
It's also my third record with Doug Boehm, who's always made me feel I had the help I needed when I needed it, and the support I needed when I felt strongly about sticking to an idea.
I could go on and on about all of these people — David Sutton, who I met recording Lysandre, just watching him play is such a pleasure. It's the intensity with which all these musicians approach the songs that makes me so excited and proud to play with them again and again.
And the excitement, the joy, the sincerity, the craftsmanship, it's all captured on this record. A new testament.
A New Testament will arrive on September 30 via Turnstile. The album's remarkably normcore cover art is available above, with its tracklisting and a handful of tour dates below.
A New Testament:
1. My Troubled Heart
2. Nothing More Than Everything To Me
3. It Comes Back To You
5. Oh My Love
6. Nobody's Business
7. A Heart Akin The Wind
8. Key To My Heart
9. Over And Above Myself
10. Never Wanna See That Look Again
11. Overcoming Me
12. I Just Can't Live Without You (But I'm Still Alive)
08/0 Los Angeles, CA - Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever
08/07 Santa Ana, CA - The Constellation Room
08/09 San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands Festival
09/23 New York, NY - Highline Ballroom
09/24 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
09/26 Washington, DC - Black Cat
09/27 Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live Downstairs
09/28 Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair
09/30 Montreal, QC - Petit Campus
10/01 Toronto, ON - The Mod Club
10/03 Chicago, IL - Park West
10/04 St. Paul, MN - Turf Club
10/07 Seattle, WA - Neumos Crystal Ball Reading Room
10/08 Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret
10/09 Portland, OR - Star Theater
10/11 San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
10/19 Islington Assembly Hall - London, UK