by Bill Pearis

Owens

Christopher Owens surprised released a new album yesterday. Titled Chrissybaby Forever, it's a little more back-to-basics guitar pop for Owens, who dabbled in country and gospel on his last two albums. (There's also at least one song -- "Me Oh My" -- that shows off Owens' love for Felt.) He told Stereogum:

I was tempted to call this Christopher Owens' Album, because for me it's really about getting back to the basics -- just me playing everything with one other person engineering and producing. It's two heads coming together. In the end I did call in a drummer like we did on Girls' albums to play on a few tracks. I guess the one different thing is that I brought in some friends to sing backup vocals. I wanted them to be amateurs and younger girls and very sweet-sounding. I didn't want gospel-style backup professional vocals. I wanted it to be more like campfire sing-along or something like that.

You can stream the whole album below.

As mentioned, Owens' tour starts next week with two NYC shows: June 20 at Baby's All Right (tickets), and June 21 at Mercury Lounge with EZTV (tickets).

Updated tour dates are listed, along with the LP stream, below...

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Christopher Owens - 2015 Tour Dates
Jun 03 - The Chapel - San Francisco, CA
Jun 04 - The Echo - Los Angeles, CA
Jun 05 - The Casbah - San Diego, CA
Jun 06 - Valley Bar - Phoenix, AZ
Jun 09 - Club Dada - Dallas, TX
Jun 11 - Red 7 - Austin, TX
Jun 12 - Fitzgerald's - Houston, TX
Jun 13 - Gasa Gasa - New Orleans, LA
Jun 16 - The Earl - Atlanta, GA
Jun 18 - Cat's Cradle Back Room - Carrboro, NC
Jun 19 - Rock & Roll Hotel - Washington, DC
Jun 20 - Baby's All Right - Brooklyn, NY
Jun 21 - The Mercury Lounge - New York, NY
Jun 24 - The Garrison - Toronto, ON
Jun 25 - The Pike Room at the Crofoot - Pontiac, MI
Jun 26 - Schubas Tavern - Chicago, IL
Jun 27 - 7th St. Entry - Minneapolis, MN
Jun 30 - The Cobalt - Vancouver, BC
Jul 01 - Barboza - Seattle, WA
Jul 02 - Doug Fir Lounge - Portland, OR