20 Mar 2010 @ 12:14 PM 

An award-winning multi-instrumentalist, Owen Pallett is best known for recording under the moniker Final Fantasy, under which he has released two well-received albums since 2005. The name stemmed from exactly what you would first think it would – his obsession with the widely popular video game series. Upon looking at his personal discography it would be easy to assume that he is nowhere near what one would consider prolific, but when looking at the endless amount of contributions to other key releases throughout most of the last decade that he’s been a part of, it’s hard to imagine how he finds the time for it all. Among just some of the artists to which he has lent his extraordinarily unique talents to are Arcade Fire, Beirut, Grizzly Bear, The Mountain Goats, and Patrick Wolf.

This new album, Heartland, finds Pallett ending the Final Fantasy era and opting to use his given name for the first time under a release. Perhaps it is because the songs seem to be more deeply personal than before that he has decided to change the name. It’s certainly evident upon first listen to this record that he has reached a artistic stride and nearly mastered the craft of string arrangements. The highlight of Heartland, and there are many that contend, comes toward the end of the album on a song that is as delicate and beautiful in its musical construction as its lyrics are dark and lonely. I’m speaking of track 10, titled “E Is For Estranged”. It’s defnitely one of the better singles I’ve heard in the first quarter of 2010, and the rest of the album comes together quite gorgeously along with it. I find myself loving it more with each listen. If you’re new to the world of Owen Pallett, I’d say this is a good place to start. For those who are familiar with his Final Fantasy, whether they liked or disliked it, I think this deserves a listen either way. It just might brighten your opinion.


Posted By: ferguson
Last Edit: 28 Mar 2010 @ 09:22 PM

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