Photos by G.
Wearing a suit for the occasion, Christopher Owens (formerly of Girls), premiered his debut solo album “Lysandre” at New York’s Bowery Ballroom on January 21, 2013. His 7 piece band includes a flutist and it gives his songs a medieval vibe to them. Beginning with the instrumental “Lysandre’s Theme,” Christopher Owens said very little to the audience (aside from an occasional “thank you” after songs) and let the music speak for itself.
The songs on “Lysandre” are all quite short and like you’d hear on a Girls album, some songs are quite slow, but there are also a few upbeat rockers and the theme of heartbreak is featured prominently. Songs like “Love is in the Ear of the Listener” sounded like it could fit in on an episode of Sesame Street and there were several love songs featuring New York as their locale. “Lysander’s Theme” (on flute) was featured towards the end of many of the songs and it gave the set a nice cohesive feel to it.
Christopher Owens also covered “The Boxer” by Simon and Garfunkel and it fit in perfectly with the rest of the songs. If you missed Christopher Owens’ last night at Bowery Ballroom, you are in luck – he’s also playing tonight (January 22, 2013) and if you are willing to brave the 10 degree weather, you will see a great show.