10.11.2011, Words by dummymag

Girls - Lawrence [stream]

Chris Owens from Girls made a tribute and wrote a love letter to Felt's Lawrence.

Girls’ Christopher Owens wrote a semi-anonymous letter to Felt, Denim and Go Kart Mozart frontman and songwriter, Lawrence, it was published online a few days ago. In the letter Owens openly professed his adoration, you can read it in full below. ‘Lawrence’ will be released on a limited edition of 1000 copies with no repress on a red heart-shaped 7” vinyl as well as digitally on 28th November in the UK and 6th December in the US. It follows the release of Girls’ third album ‘Father, Son, Holy Ghost’ that came out in September via True Panther and Turnstile.

Girls’ tribute is mostly instrumental, with soft, whispering voices gracing the song in oohs and aahs, in the hope that Lawrence might actually provide the vocals. It is delightful and super sweet; read Owens’ letter as well – it just brought a little teardrop in my eye.

Dear Lawrence,

I wonder who will be writing me in twenty years, and what they’ll be looking for. Don’t worry, I’m not writing to talk about the things I’m looking for in life, I’ll spare you that. I’m writing to FINALLY be able to send you a song that I wrote in 2008. When I wrote this song I was the guitarist in a band called Holy Shit, Matt Fishbeck (our fearless leader) was the one who turned me on to Felt. I fell in love with your songs, I wouldn’t stop listening, I loved you and Maurice.

To make a long story a shorter story, I once wrote this song and wondered what you would sing to it, I could sometimes hear your voice but I didn’t dare write down any words. I never thought for a second you would ever hear it, I wondered if you would like it, all that. I called it Lawrence, after you. To send it to you now is incredible for me, I want to show you I’m thankful. You gave me something to love, or in other words you gave me love itself. You took something that can sometimes feel so common and dull and brought it back to life with so much beauty and verse. You gave me happiness, and you still do.

Anyway, I’d just like you to have it, it’s yours, take it as yours. Do anything you want with it. I hope you enjoy listening to it. And all the best to you forever and ever.

With love- Christopher Owens

Girls – Lawrence by PIAS Entertainment

True Panther/ Turnstile will release Girls’ single ‘Lawrence’ on 28th November (UK) and 6th December (US), 2011

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