Friday, July 8, 2011
Owen Pallett- A Swedish Love Story EP
A classically trained violinist and multi-instrumentalist, Pallett fits snugly into the Arcade Fire mold of orchestral chamber pop, but his music is more intimate and technical than Arcade Fire's songs. His evolution bears a resemblance to Kelley Polar, another classically trained musician who successfully translated his music to the pop/indie genre. Pallett received accolades while recording under the name Final Fantasy but dropped that name with the release of his critically acclaimed LP Heartland. The Swedish Love Story EP came out in late 2010 and expounds on his sound with propulsive synth notes and a firmer percussion foundation (he leans on marching beat style drumming on the Heartland LP), but still retains the plucky violin notes that make the music so rewarding. Pallett's voice won't be for everyone, it's soft-spoken, has a breathy quality and is generally not particularly strong, but the music is charming in light of the borderline nihilistic themes pursued.
Buy this record if you want to dye your roots back to their natural color.