Thank you so much for this GV.
Thank you so much for this GV.
So he is going to be doing Final Fantasy stuff? I wasn't sure since last time I saw him(funfunfunfest '07) he was listed under Final Fantasy and not Owen Pallett.
Regardless, I support this thread.
Without a doubt.
that does not look like a very fun show to watch.
meh, to each his own.
i mean, i like dude's albums ok, but seriously... that show does not look fun.
Absolutely. Finally a thread in this section that knows what it's talking about!
Don't hate the playa, hate the game.
i take french actually
thanks for asking though, very thoughtful
I sincerely and enthusiastically endorse this thread.
The guy is a hero, and I am really, really excited to see him here in Dublin later on this year.
If I may be so bold, I'll repost the guts of what I posted in the early stages of the Educate Others On The Lineup Thread, simply because it's pretty much the best case I have to make for the guy.
He is a tremendously gifted artist who has been quietly having a huge influence on indie and pop for the last few years, having worked with everybody from Beirut to Mika, Arcade Fire to Pet Shop Boys, so there is a very good chance you have heard him already whether you know it or not. He's a violin guy, primarily. Violin and a keyboard onstage, but he produces a band's worth of sound and then some. He loops himself live in such a way that he provides his own backing instrumentation, but even if you've seen people do it before, they surely never did it with the same kind of frenzied panache as Pallett.
Unfortunately, despite having collaborated with practically every single band in the Western Hemisphere, he also has a bizarre compulsion to self sabotage - up until very recently, his solo output was under the totally googleproof copyright nightmare of Final Fantasy, and his last album had the equally facepalming title of He Poos Clouds.
His current album, Heartland - which is a very strong contender for the best of 2010 already - is described on paper as a concept album about a young ultra-violent farmer who realises Owen fancies him and goes on a suicidal quest to disembowel his creator. Although this would suggest his music is joylessly unlistenable bullshit that no sane person possessed of ears could possibly like, I assure you this is not the case. Despite an unconventional array of instruments and a unique way of putting them to work that has to be seen to be appreciated, his music is enormously good fun and extremely dynamic on the stage.
Given the right stage and set time, it could be positively rabble-rousing stuff. Last time we saw him, he was so drunk he forgot the words to Cliquot; we were too drunk to help him recall them. It dissolved into something just short of a football terrace anthem and a good time was had by all, which is not bad going for a song about a dying gay lover in old France.
Obviously, he doesn't bring the orchestra with him, but this is still a great example of this song:
This is probably more representative, however:
And one more:
The only thing I would say about the youtubes is that, because of the fact that he has to loop in the bits of the song at the start, his songs tend not to work themselves into the proper "Holy Shit!" stage until about two minutes in.
I've said it before, and it remains just as true: if any one of you misses the chance to see what this guy is about, I will punch you in the face on your own behalf.
I hope he brings accompaniment to flesh the sound all out.
Hugely looking forward to this set as Heartland is nearly flawless.
"All of you coachella 'regulars' have nasty boy pussies and itchy dick4's on your asses.
Why don't you all make like a tree and get chopped down and die. You all have been dreadfully mean to me.
I Hate you. All of you. None of you will ever get to see a womans chest meat or finger blast hott cougies like me.
Fuck you all. Consider this my resignation.
Fair the well, you elitest scumbags."
— Faxman75, who has clearly had enough
And yes, this thread is true, his set will be amazing! Let's just hope it is indeed an early set. Last time I asked him he said he didn't know but he thought it would be really early or really late! ahhh! really late would mean no owen for me
I gotta say, MP, as much as I like Owen Pallett's ventures into collaborative LGBT journalism, his musical work is often a bit too precious for my taste. That being said, I think Heartland contains his best work so far.
I really love the video for "Lewis Takes Off His Shirt". Usually, I can't stand this sort of low-rent slap dash operation. I like my production values. I was attempting to tell a friend what I liked about this video earlier today and ended up sounding like the prodigiously gifted fine arts critic, PTA. I think that despite the fact that it is as low as low-rent gets and can be annoyingly opaque and dada-like, it has this wonderful, youthful, hopeful spirit to it. The song's absolutely lovely too. The video's garnering a lot of hate on YT because it "doesn't make sense", is "confusing", "too low budget", "alienating" and the like. I find it oddly charming.
He's probably my favorite discovery from this year's Coachella. I hope he plays "The Great Elsewhere." That song is just so many different kinds of amazing.
As for the Lewis Takes Off His Shirt video; I don't mind a video being a bit odd or having the guts to risk alienating, but it feels a bit willfully strange and deliberately alienating for my taste. I like the sheer demented energy of it and all, and the Falcon Heene cameo, but it's a bit of a chore otherwise and it hasn't held my attention to the end yet. It also makes me cringe a little that it looks so very LATFH.com-ish and knowingly media-studenty.
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I actually saw him opening for and then playing with your hot favs years ago when they were first touring Funeral. It was at this tiny club in San Diego called The Casbah. Ah, God bless fake IDs. My friend and I actually had a drink with him at the bar afterward not even knowing it was him until later. Hopefully we didn't say anything along the lines of "did you see that god awful violinist?"
I know what you're saying about a video that is willfully strange and deliberately alienating. Usually, that would turn me off too. But for some reason, I really like it. I think it's because there's a definite wink throughout the whole thing. You know the guy has a sense of humor about it, even while he's being quite sincere about the whole affair. I mean, the first few seconds? Literally blowing smoke up your ass? Oh, and, from your expert opinion, would you say that's Owen's butt?
I like all the bits of this paragraph.I actually saw him opening for and then playing with your hot favs years ago when they were first touring Funeral. It was at this tiny club in San Diego called The Casbah. Ah, God bless fake IDs. My friend and I actually had a drink with him at the bar afterward not even knowing it was him until later. Hopefully we didn't say anything along the lines of "did you see that god awful violinist?"