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Single Review: Owen Pallett – A Swedish Love Story (Domino)

By | Published on Tuesday 2 November 2010

Owen Pallett

I’m still finding it hard to refer to Owen Pallett as Owen Pallett and not Final Fantasy, the Canadian’s moniker for his first two solo albums; yet, the more I hear of his new material, the more I am able to distinguish the separation between old and new.

They are not utterly detached from one another; Owen Pallett is Final Fantasy’s older, more world-wise cousin, dropping the child-like wonder and almost perverted frankness of his storytelling and instead projecting with a kind of self-assuredness that the old material just really couldn’t quite reach.

‘A Swedish Love Story’ is lush and exhilarating, a four-song EP of such grandeur that it is able to stand against Pallett’s larger body of work as a peak. Opener ‘A Man With No Ankles’ is joyous, poppy and multi-layered, with more loops than I can remember hearing in previous work, and a greater appreciation for lavish and creative layering of strings and vocals that really gets the heart going. ‘Don’t Stop’ ends the EP on a slightly less excitable note, but remains a piece of beauty and uniqueness in its interesting use of a drum loop, something that was almost never found in Pallett’s earlier work.

I’ve been a huge fan of Pallett’s for a number of years now, and to see him produce music to this standard and elevation not only elates me but makes me thirsty for more. TW

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