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Well, damn. This news is likely to blindside quite a few fans – it certainly did me. Girls’ frontman Christopher Owens is leaving his indie darling band. This is particularly surprising as the act had garnered so much success, in particular critically, with their two albums thus far. The latest, Father, Son, Holy Ghost even placed on numerous end of year lists. The singer-songwriter must have a trick or two up his sleeve, as he intends to journey on solo, as he explained in a statement:

“Dear all, This may come as a surprise to many & has been an issue of much thought for me. My decision was not easy to make. I am leaving Girls. My reasons at this time are personal. I need to do this in order to progress. I will continue to write & record music. More will be announced soon. I thank you all for everything. Sincerely– Christopher”

Little more information is available at this point. Stay tuned for further developments.