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As loathe as I am to support the creeping threat of Canadian Cultural Imperialism, I strongly recommend Heartland, the new album by Owen Pallett aka Final Fantasy.

Pallett, who is from Toronto, and has worked on albums by Broken Social Scene and the Arcade Fire is a strange duck. Apparently he is a classically trained violinist. Pallett used to record under the moniker Final Fantasy, which supposedly really was a straight-up nod to the video game.

This album takes a leap of faith, it is true. It is hard not to describe it without making it sound like something you should hate. It’s experimental. Its brainy and perhaps a bit affected. I bet people in Williamsburg like it. But whenever the weird for weird’s sake seems to be building up, whenever the pretentiousness seems to get too high, whenever the precocity becomes annoying, Pallet hits you with a passage of remarkable simplicity and beauty (even, perhaps, elegance) that makes you not only forgive all that, but even be a bit grateful for it.

Highly recommended. This is an acoustic version of one of my favorite songs on the album. Notice he performs it using just a loop pedal and his violin.


Written by Peter Wirzbicki

February 13, 2010 at 14:47

Posted in Canada, music, Uncategorized

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