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Girls - 'Lawrence'

A cap-doff to a seriously indie icon

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In the space of a couple of years, Girls seem to have gone from one of the most hyped bands in the world to one of the most underrated – but make no mistake, right now main man Christopher Owens is a songwriter without peer, and well on his way to writing his classic, if new album ‘Father, Son, Holy Ghost’ is anything to go by. And while that album was inspired by a desire to emulate the greats – your Lennons, your Youngs – this new one-off single is a cap-doff to a seriously indie icon: namely Lawrence Hayward of Felt, for whom Christopher holds reverence comparable to Liam Gallagher’s towards the aforementioned bespectacled Beatles icon - ie, he really, really digs him.

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Well, we say “cap doff”, but it’s more of an “unzip your flies and I’ll happily go at it, if that’s what’d please you” – the composition will be packaged as a heart-shaped vinyl single (out November 28) and has been envisaged as a gift to Lawrence. Christopher was supposedly too scared to add his voice to it as he always imagined the Felt frontman singing over its ‘House Of The Rising Sun’-style guitars, and as such, it’s instrumental bar a few impeccably ghostly “whooos” and “aahhhhs”. Thankfully that’s all Christopher really needs to tug on heartstrings with his usual hurricane force.

Jamie Fullerton, Features Editor

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