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Heartland

Owen Pallett Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (15 April 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B00310GDWK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Canadian singer/songwriter Owen Pallet of Arcade Fire/Hidden Cameras and the ridiculously brilliant mastermind of arrangements and strings for the likes of Grizzly Bear, Last Shadow Puppets, Beirut, Andrew Bird, Holy Fuck, Pet Shop Boys, Mika and many, many more. The follow up to 2006's Polaris Music Prize winner, 'He Poos Clouds', the totally stunning and singular 'Heartland' is a fully orchestral record, designed to exist simultaneously as an album, a 45-minute piece of orchestral music and a set of songs for looped violin and voice. Glorious arrangements that one would expect from one of the most genius arrangers on the planet, plus gorgeous vocals and harmonies make for a knockout, epic record that is seriously out of this world. Features Jeremy Gara (Arcade Fire) on drums, the Czech Symphony orchestra (recorded in Prague) and mixed by Rusty Santos, who produced Animal Collective's Sung Tongs and mixed Panda Bear's Person Pitch. Includes 'Lewis Takes Action' free MP3 featured this week on Pitchfork, Drowned In Sound, CMJ, Stereogum, Prefix and more, with first single proper, the euphoric 'Lewis Takes His Shirt Off' (to radio early January), surely about to go down as one of the greatest indie tracks of 2010.

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4.0 out of 5 stars His best work to date. 23 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD
Owen Pallett first came to my attention when he was part of The Hidden Cameras 'Smell Of Our Own' LP in 2003. Since then he's gone on to produce 2 solo albums in the guise of Final Fantasy, supplied the string arrangements to The Last Shadow Puppets first album, guested on many great releases by (among others) Arcade Fire, Grizzly Bear, Beirut and The Rumble Strips. But it is with this release that his particular brand of chamber pop has really begun to flourish & expand.

Opener 'Midnight Directives' really sets the tone with Pallett singing of loss and sadness, all-the-while strings and percussion seem to envelope his voice. It's a beautiful piece of work which is both evocative & stirring. It is by no means a lone high point though. Other highlights include the (linked ?) 'Lewis Takes Action' and 'Lewis Takes Off His Shirt', the latter is a personal favourite with Pallett repeatedly stating 'I'm never gonna give it to you' while the song rapidly builds around him with various drum machines, strings and synths, its an early contender for the enevitable songs-of-the-year polls come December.

Owen Pallett decided with this release to drop the moniker 'Final Fantasy' as he felt he was starting to become associated with the video game of the same name, and I don't know if it's just me but the record feels a lot more personal as a result. The album is peppered with mentions of loneliness & longing. With one track 'Oh Heartland, Up Yours!' seemingly describing Palletts disdain for his place of birth with the final statement being: 'My homeland I will not sing your praises here'.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Recently I heard a haunting cover of "This Modern Love" by Bloc Party and adored it but could not find out for ages who had performed this alchemy. It turned out to be Owen Pallett under the moniker of his band name "Final Fantasy". The next port of call was to hot foot it to Amazon to read Mr Chinaski's excellent review and to download this shockingly original piece of music. Not since Sufjan Stevens "Come on feel the Illnoise" has a composer tried anything this audacious in the broad field of rock music and more importantly succeeded. Not all of it comes off but Pallett's sheer verve is breathtaking and admirable and any slight missteps are easily forgiven.

NERD ALERT - Heartland is, at least in description, a theme album about an ultra-violent farmer named Lewis in the fictional world of Spectrum. Shall we move on quickly? The music is complex outing of instrumentation, lyrics and arrangements and yet in this mix are glorious melodies and songs. Arcade Fire have been the main beneficiaries of these arrangements thus far but Heartland allows Pallett an orchestra of his own and with it he stakes a claim to be the numero uno when it comes to lush chamber pop.

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"Keep the dog quiet" starts off sounding like the soundtrack for a corny detective film until Pallett's quiet and beautiful vocal breaks in. Its like Jeff Buckley meets Mission Impossible as Palletts repeats "consequential, sequential, sequential"

"Lewis takes action" has a playful orchestra accompaniment but its Pallets voice that steals it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting & Beautiful 25 Jan 2010
By pjr VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Owen Pallett drops his Final Fantasy moniker, probably in part to distance from the game but also, one suspects, to give those who've noticed him on sleevenotes the chance to investigate this new work. The eagle eyed will have noticed that since the release of his last album his profile has risen thanks to string arrangements for the likes of Arcade Fire, Beruit, and The Last Shadow Puppets. So perhaps it's only right that he steps more clearly into the limelight for his solo work.

Augmemented by the St Kitts Winds and the Czech Sympony Stings this is a bold and interesting work. It has a distinclty classical feel to it sometimes resembling more of a song cycle than a conventional pop record. It feels grandiouse but not pretentious. There is a kind of concept to it but it doesn't seem like a concept album as the theme itself doesn't seem to drive home too obviously. It sounds rather beautiful and should please anyone familiar with Pallett's work as Final Fantasy and anyone else who is curious and wants something a little different may also find this worthwhile.

It doesn't always work. Pallett's voice seems consciously to be mixed down on a number of the tracks, which leaves you somewhat straining to hear the lyrics clearly on tracks such as opener "Midnight Directives" and "Mount Alpentine". If it is about the concept then this is something of hinderance.

That said the overall effect of these songs is rather beautiful so the irritation is minor. "The Great Elsewhere" reminds of something that could have appeared on one of Scott Walker's more recent albums but the album takes off in the final half of the album where the songwriting seems both stronger and more memorable.
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