Owen Pallett – Island [Streaming]

Been a week of surprise album releases. (Not sure if this is a surprise release?)
Today is the long awaited release of Owen Pallett‘s album called Island.

About the record:
Almost entirely acoustic, Island begins with 13 darkened chords, and was recorded live at Abbey Road Studios with the London Contemporary Orchestra. The introduction is sound of waking up——alone, and on the shore of a strange land.
What follows is a shimmering and luscious orchestral album that draws across the full breadth of Pallett’s discography, from Heartland’s Technicolor to the glittering, fingerpicked guitar that marked Pallett’s first records with their trio, Les Mouches.
Island is about being alive, asking why, and all the most hideous stuff of life. The songs don’t divulge the answers.
“I don’t know what’s happening next, guys,” Pallett warns.
For the first time, Pallett who has a lifetime of classical training, created an album without brooding over the way it might be performed on stage.
This wasn’t easy: Pallett’s initial reputation was founded on their live virtuosity, playing violin for groups including Arcade Fire and the Hidden Cameras, and a solo fiddle and loop-pedal act, under the name Final Fantasy.
Pallett’s second release as Final Fantasy, 2006’s He Poos Clouds, was awarded the inaugural Polaris Music Prize.
In addition to Pallett’s Grammy award-winning work with Arcade Fire, Pallett’s commissions have included string, brass and orchestral arrangements for Frank Ocean, Caribou, the Last Shadow Puppets, the National, The Mountain Goats, Christine and the Queens, R.E.M., Linkin Park, Sigur Rós, Taylor Swift, and the Pet Shop Boys. Since the release of In Conflict (2014), Pallett has earned an Oscar nomination for their film scoring work on Spike Jonze’s Her, and an Emmy for Sølve Sundsbø’s Fourteen Actors Acting.
“I grab the hem and lift the fabric over my sweet head,” Owen Pallett sang once, years ago.
“I know what you’re looking for / and I’m never gonna give it to you.”

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