You’re forgiven if you’ve ever been confused about Owen Pallet’s band Final Fantasy, the video game/anime/film series is crazy enough. Maybe you thought it was just another part of that media franchise. I did until I started reading about this Owen Pallet’s many musical collaborations. These include bands like Arcade Fire, Grizzly Bear, Beirut, Mountain Goats and even Pet Shop Boys – which I suspect might be heroes of his.
Then of course, there was his last album, 2006’s He Poos Clouds, a musical exploration of death and atheism through the application of a belief system known as Dungeons and Dragons. That sure got my attention but while I’m a believer in the schools of magic my D&D tunes have always been Led Zeppelin, obviously.
Final Fantasy’s new record, Heartland is out January 12th, another far out, fully orchestral record, Pallett describes as, “A narrative concerning a farmer named Lewis and the fictional world of Spectrum. The songs are one-sided dialogues with Lewis, a young, ultra-violent farmer, speaking to his creator. The album was compositionally modeled upon the principles of electronic music. The principles of analog synthesis informing symphonic writing, like an inversion of a Tomita record.” Electronic composer Isao Tomita I’m sure.
Pallett is currently scoring the upcoming film “Rabbit Hole” starring Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart. It’s a drama adapted from a Pulitzer Prize winning play of the same name about a fraying family after the death of a child. “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” director, John Cameron Mitchell is in charge. Sounds pretty strange, but that’s nothing new to Pallett, who’s score just might be spellbinding.
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