Artist of the Week: Owen Pallett
Though classically trained as a violinist from an early age, Owen Pallett’s musical interests quickly shifted to indie pop, becoming for more than a decade now one of its most singular and prolific collaborators, both as a performer and as a composer, of a multitude of artists such as Arcade Fire, Andrew Bird, James Guthrie, Fucked Up, Beirut or The Hidden Cameras, just to name a few.
His solo career began under the Final Fantasy moniker, under which he released 2005’s low-key Has a Good Home and 2006’s chamber assembled song cycle He Poos Clouds, the latter winning Canada’s top artistic album prize, the Polaris. In order to avoid confusion (and an undesired court suit) with the owners of the homonymous video game, Owen Pallett decided to pursue his solo career using his own name, releasing the indie-prog-rock tinged Heartland and its epilogue EP A Swedish Love Story both in 2010. In January 2014, Pallett and William Butler were nominated for Best Original Score at the 86th Academy Awards for their work on the Spike Jonze directed movie Her.
The recently released In Conflict is at the same time the sheer culmination and a departure from Owen’s previous work: though it is, as always, beautifully arranged and sumptuously produced, the album has also a mournful and confessional tone that allows him to showcase what has beeb an unheard facet of his songwriting abilities.
João Pedro da Costa is a web studies scholar and a music fan.