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September Girls

Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost

Sorry to interrupt Shlocktober at such an early state, but there’s a couple of posts I need to get out of the way.

So far this year, there’ve been quite a few releases from bands that I’ve really liked in the past, but it seems like most of them have been at least a little disappointing.  So it’s nice that SF band Girls has put out a darker and weirder, but nonetheless satisfying follow-up to their 2009 debut, one of my favorite albums of that year.

In this day and age, nostalgia can get you pretty far just as long as you know how to milk it in all the right ways.  Girls is a great example of this, as their music is pretty firmly entrenched in the poppy sounds of the sixties and seventies.  However, this time around they don’t just limit themselves to the sunshine surf rock of their first album, although that sound is certainly apparent in the bouncy optimism of “Honey Bunny”.  But on Father, Son, Holy Ghost, there’s a surprisingly grandiose quality to the Sabbath-like riffage on “Die”, or “Vomit”, which kind of reminds me of Pink Floyd’s more arena-bound material.

Really, there is no one defining sound on Father, Son, Holy Ghost, and though I guess that kind of inconsistency might be off-putting to some, I think that’s what makes it a really fun album.  Plus through all the different mood swings you’ve got the always welcome presence of singer/songwriter Chrisopher Owens.  He’s really one of the most endearing indie frontmen I can think of, since his voice has this very soft and vulnerable sound to it and he never seems afraid to bear his soul, which makes it that much easier to get caught up in the joy as well as the sorrow of Girls’ music.

Favorite Tracks: “Honey Bunny”, “Saying I Love You”, “Love Like A River”


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