Track of the Day: 'Heartbreaker'

Past Tracks Last summer, the San Francisco indie group Girls released a brilliant debut named Album, and I am glad to report they are already back with a new EP called Broken Dreams Club, out this Nov. 22nd. Frontman Christopher Owens is a fellow with more than a few broken dreams in his suitcase, having been raised a member of the Children of God cult. While he ran away at 16, half a lifetime ago, there is real sense of regret and loss and plain-old longing that pervade his songs. Take the opening lines of this track, for example:

"When I look in the mirror now/I'm not as young as I used to be/ I'm not quite as beautiful as/When you were next to me." Oof!

Owens has a great sense for the telling detail, and no limits in terms of self-criticism. For sheer emotional power, I'd say he ranks right up there with Elvis Costello, but Owens has an inward focus and a much lighter touch. He's drilling down into relationships fractured and other aspects of life that simply haven't turned out as he'd hoped. But he's pairing honest thoughts with bright melodies, optimism and hooks aplenty. So much so, that you'll be singing along in no time.



On iTunes: Girls / "Heartbreaker"

new track button.png
Presented by

Brendan Hasenstab is a writer and editor living in Brooklyn.

The Man Who Owns 40,000 Video Games

A short documentary about an Austrian gamer with an uncommon obsession

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

The 86-Year-Old Farmer Who Won't Quit

A filmmaker returns to his hometown to profile the patriarch of a family farm

Video

Riding Unicycles in a Cave

"If you fall down and break your leg, there's no way out."

Video

Carrot: A Pitch-Perfect Satire of Tech

"It's not just a vegetable. It's what a vegetable should be."

Video

An Ingenious 360-Degree Time-Lapse

Watch the world become a cartoonishly small playground

Video

The Benefits of Living Alone on a Mountain

"You really have to love solitary time by yourself."

More in Entertainment

Just In