John's Track of the Week: "Lust For Life"

Song: Lust For Life
Artist: Girls
Album: Album
Year: 2009

Girls' debut album, and "Lust For Life" have been out for awhile, but since I haven't been able to talk about either in this space yet, I figured this would be as good a time as any. Girls' singer Christopher Owens is about as sad a case as you'll find in music these days-- orphaned by a deadbeat dad and a crazy cult. Of course, he later ran away to San Francisco at 16, and by some movie script ending, is now one of the hottest acts in music, according to the web. Yet, after such a turbulent past, he never forgets his sense of humor in his songwriting.

"Lust For Life" begins as a mocking interlude into the dreams of an ex, and pretty much stays that way. It's not so much harsh, as it is a showcase of Owens' ability to exploit his past as fodder, without coming off as bitter. As mentioned, he's a humorous dude, and the entire album displays that, within its muffled walls. Girls has a simple formula for success on their debut-- use sarcastic emotion over some indie surf pop and lo-fi backgrounds, and let everything else work itself out. And it does. As we've seen with various acts this year, it's obvious they're from California, but that beach-y, West Coast sound has become quite an asset in 2009. Check it out below, and if you haven't gotten your hands on Album yet, I'd recommend it.

[Previously on Animal Noises: Tuesday's Releases (9/22): Now Streaming]

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