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[Picture of Final Fantasy's Owen Pallett]Sometimes I come across a name all the time, and that is the case these days with Owen Pallett. For me he’s everywhere.

I probably first came across this name back in 2007 when I heard Arcade Fire’s “Neon Bible”.  It’s a funny name: Owen Pallett. The chap is an overtly homosexual violin player and singer. OK, not my usual bag.

Then I spotted that he appeared on “Joys” from “Worried Noodles” a compilation of David Shrigley’s lyrics set to music back in 2007 (see my post on David Shrigley).

I went to a concert to see St. Vincent last year, she was in support of Grizzly Bear — and up cropped Owen Pallett’s name yet again (see my post on Grizzly Bear, and my review of the St Vincent-Grizzly Bear gig) — Owen did the string arrangements and stuff for Grizzly Bear’s “Yellow House”, and is associated with Beirut from a few years ago (see my post on Beirut’s The Gulag Orkestar).

I have his album “Heartland” which is just out, and tonight I spotted A tweet by Hue & Cry

Greg: Hav 2 agree with all the gr8 reviews. Owen Pallett’s “Heartland” album is a masterpiece. On my 4th listen :)    9:46 AM Jan 18th   from web

This was the tipping point I think, it forced me to post here — and to look up YouTube! Here’s a vid uploaded of him with just a violin – live — doing a Joanna Newsom song:

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The thing is, he’s a clever cookie — not just a violin player, but a graduate in musical composition. This explains why he keeps cropping up in all sorts of places — in my mind, usually associated with East Coast American/ New York and pretty “gay” acts such as  MikaOwen did the string arrangements for his album “The Boy Who Knew Too Much“, and The Pet Shop Boys (their “Yes” album from last year).

You can pretty-much guess what Owen Pallett/ Final Fantasy will sound like just from the associations, but he is definitely worth a listen; the musicianship is high, and it makes a nice change to hear something fresh! Enjoy!

Here’s an amateur vid of him playing live the Jennifer Rush/ Celine Dion “Power of Love” on YouTube: It’s just him and a violin, and it just ought not to work… but it does!  Brilliant!

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It seems that the “ABC” venue is now called the “O2ABC“, which is frankly a bit of a mouthful.

I nipped along there from my office at lunchtime today (I had half an idea that “Florence & The Machine” were playing — turned out to be end of September and already sold out).  So I picked up a copy of The Skinny (see only to discover that “St. Vincent” were playing “Nice N Sleazy” tonight!

Damn.  There was no way I could make the gig at such short notice. On top of which, “The Pretenders” were playing the “O2ABC” and Bruce Springsteen was playing Hampden Stadium tonight so the roads were utter chaos.  What a night for music!

I had heard that Annie Clark is a daemon on the guitar, and that her band kicks ass live.  Oh well, maybe next time.

After listening to “Actor”, I checked her myspace site and was delighted to see three versions of the song, “Actor out of Work” — one is her on her own with an acoustic guitar, another is the band live, with Annie playing a Jaguar, and the third version is the official promotional video.  All excellent! Brilliant for comparisons.

Ah, good stuff. She really is very good at guitar, and her compositions are fresh.  Of course there will always be comparisons — who does she look like, who does she sound like and so forth.  She is what she is.  She is good. On Amazon, check out “Actor” or “Marry Me“. Read the reviews and give her a listen.  Well worth it in my opinion!

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