Saturday, January 23, 2010

Pallette able


FORMER Final Fantasy frontman Owen Pallett - who changed his name because he wasn't Square enough, presumably - has crafted an album to please the musical nerd in us all.
, a concept album about a fictional farmer turned fighter, is an intricate, beautifully crafted collection, put together with a Brian Wilson-circa-Pet Sounds intricacy sure to reward repeated listens.
There's Beirut-style folk here from the Canadian, as well as electronica leanings, akin to the work of Jim Moray and Patrick Wolf, all spread over delicate Grizzly Bear indie.
Epic, orchestral, adventurous and, finally, fantastic, Heartlands is hard to beat.

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