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.