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Owen Pallett – “Lewis Takes Off His Shirt (Dan Deacon Remix)”

Our introduction to this one from the artist formerly known as Final Fantasy came via an incredible live clip that saw Pallett battle pelting rain and the possibility of electrocution at the Hillside Festival, the storm landing more furiously as “Lewis Takes Off His Shirt” entered its triumphant, spiraling exeunt. This June the track get… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 9, 2010 - 10:34 am

Stream Owen Pallett’s Heartland

Owen Pallett recently dropped his Final Fantasy moniker, yes, and it makes sense beyond the copyright infringement stuff: If you created an album as beautifully, ambitiously satisfying as Heartland (out now on Domino) you’d want to take credit for it, too. Take a listen. More »

By: brandon / January 13, 2010 - 9:44 am

Final Fantasy Changes Name To Owen Pallett

Pallett chose “Final Fantasy” because playing solo “was reminiscent of the hours and hours I had spent as an adolescent playing those epic JRPGs,” but “laws of trademark infringement exist for good reason,” so he’s reverting to his given name. Heartland is out 1/12. More »

By: brandon / December 18, 2009 - 9:27 am

New Final Fantasy – “Lewis Takes Action” & “E Is For Estranged”

Folks have been patiently awaiting Owen Pallett’s forthcoming third Final Fantasy full-length Heartland. A pair of EPs worked well as a stopgap, but it’s bound to be especially satisfying to hear Pallett’s increasingly ambitious songwriting spread over a dozen tracks aka “a fully orchestral record, designed to exist simultaneously as an album, a 45-minute piece… More »

By: brandon / December 1, 2009 - 4:35 pm

The 25 69 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2010

This year in music was great and we’rea gonna let it finish (sorry), but in terms of notable album releases the ship has sailed. No offense, 30 Seconds To Mars. While the Gummys’ virtual poll booth remains open for a few more days (did we mention filling out the ballot enters you to win the… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 24, 2009 - 5:41 pm

New Final Fantasy – “Keep The Dog Quiet” (Live On Dinner With The Band)

Owen Pallett is adaptable. If he’s performing solo outdoors under cloud cover, he’ll seemingly conjure rainstorms while debuting a righteous new tune from his forthcoming Domino debut Heartland; while at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, he’ll seamlessly flesh out his tones with the help of a symphony orchestra. That sort of versatility is a prerequisite… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 23, 2009 - 1:44 pm

New Final Fantasy – “Lewis Takes Off His Shirt”

Owen Pallett bravely battles the rain in this epic performance of a new Final Fantasy track, “Lewis Takes Off His Shirt.” It’ll ostensibly appear on the endlessly delayed (and desired) Heartland. With rain pounding the stage and concerned stage hands telling him to pull the plug and cover cables with plastic, Pallett requests “just let… More »

By: brandon / July 29, 2009 - 10:32 am

Progress Report: Final Fantasy

NAME: Owen Pallett (Final Fantasy)
PROGRESS REPORT: Finishing work on Heartland, his followup to He Poos Clouds.

Owen Pallett describes the way he works as “fastidious.” “I’m a Virgo, if you’re into that sort of thing,” he explains. The “way he works” seems to apply not only to recording his followup to 2006’s HeMore »

By: jessica / May 27, 2009 - 11:44 am

Grizzly Bear/Final Fantasy With The Brooklyn Philharmonic @ BAM, Brooklyn 2/28/09

Well, that was wonderful. On Saturday night at the Brooklyn Academy Of Music, Final Fantasy and Grizzly Bear experimented with full sets of material accompanied by the Brooklyn Philharmonic. The results were masterful, obvs. Final Fantasy’s material is inherently symphonic, so the orchestral interpretation was a natural step. For Yellow House, the reinterpretation was more… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 1, 2009 - 6:04 pm

New Pet Shop Boys – “Love Etc.”

Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe teamed up with UK production team Xenomania for their forthcoming tenth studio album, Yes, which includes guest spots from Johnny Marr and string arrangements via Owen Pallett, aka Final Fantasy (aka whoa). But all we’ve heard is the first single “Love Etc.,” co-written by Xenomania. It’s a catchy, icy meld… More »

By: brandon / February 9, 2009 - 9:44 am

New Final Fantasy Video – “Horsetail Feathers”

Last fall after a period of post-Poos silence, Owen Pallett released a pair of excellent EPs, and in their wake, a pair of interesting videos. Unlike “Blue Imelda” and “The Butcher,” Owen actually turns up in Pays To Please’s “Horsetail Feathers.” Director Tracy Maurice makes good work of the cut’s old-timey symphonic swing, essentially answering… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 30, 2009 - 12:19 pm

Stereogum’s Favorite Artists’ Favorite Things In 2008

We love year-end lists, it’s really a shame that no one made any this month. To remedy that, we asked a handful of our favorite artists what music they dug most over the last twelve months. No Age, Grizzly Bear, Girl Talk, Antony Hegarty, Robin Pecknold, Sara Quin, and Kevin Barnes are among the familiar… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 24, 2008 - 12:36 am

New Final Fantasy Video – “Blue Imelda”

At the end of the summer we premiered “The Butcher,” from Spectrum, 14th Century, the first of Final Fantasy’s two new EPs. (Later, it earned itself a joyfully bloody Jesi The Elder-directed video.) To recap: The five-track EP is a collaboration between Owen Pallett and Beirut. During the Flying Club Cup sessions, they recorded part… More »

By: brandon / November 14, 2008 - 4:41 pm

Final Fantasy And Grizzly Bear Announce Brooklyn Philharmonic Show

The Björk fans will perform on Saturday, February 28 at BAM’s Howard Gilman Opera House, with Grizzly’s set arranged by Nico Muhly. It’s part of the Philharmonic’s BP Presents series and tickets go on sale 10/20 at 10 AM at More »

By: Scott Lapatine / October 14, 2008 - 10:19 am

New Final Fantasy Video – “The Butcher”

At the end of August we premiered “The Butcher,” a lilting, chirping track from Spectrum, 14th Century, the first of Final Fantasy’s two forthcoming EPs. For the five-track collection, Owen Pallett collaborated with Beirut outdoors in Quebec on so-called “fake fields recordings” during the Flying Club Cup sessions. (Steel drums interact with bird songs, woode… More »

By: brandon / October 1, 2008 - 4:07 pm

New Final Fantasy – “The Butcher” & “Ultimatum” (Stereogum Premiere)

Unpredictable violinist and videogame fan Owen Pallett, aka sage advice giver, aka Final Fantasy, has cobbled together a pair of excellent post-He Poos Clouds EPs due for release this fall. The first to arrive is the five-song Spectrum, 14th Century, which finds OP collaborating with Beirut on “fake fields recordings.” Like last year’s “Hey Dad“… More »

By: brandon / August 26, 2008 - 9:25 am

Canadian Indie Rockers Tell You How To Live Your Life

Not generally. Generally they just shape our lives by being arty and so great to listen to while wearing our tight jeans and other stereotypical things of that nature. I mean very specifically, there are some Canadian indie rockers who are literally dispensing life advice by taking over Amy Sedaris’s “Sedaratives” column in the music… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 2, 2008 - 6:37 pm

ENJOYED: The Reviews Are In!

It’s entirely possible you don’t check Stereogum as often as we do, so drag your mouse to this link and click to download our tribute to Björk’s Post. It’s essentially a list of our favorite bands right now — Liars, Dirty Projectors, No Age, High Places, Atlas Sound, El Guincho, Final Fantasy & Ed Droste,… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 2, 2008 - 6:04 pm

Stereogum Presents… Enjoyed: A Tribute To Björk’s Post

Stereogum’s complete 12-track Enjoyed comp is live and ready to be downloaded (for free). Yep, 12. Because No Age cooked up an excellent alternate take on “It’s Oh So Quiet,” which we wanted to keep a surprise until … now. In addition to Dean and Randy’s Björk, you’ll hear, in order of appearance, the previously… More »

By: brandon / March 31, 2008 - 9:16 am

8. Final Fantasy & Ed Droste – “Possibly Maybe”

Final Fantasy & Ed Droste On “Possibly Maybe”
“I realized recently that Björk is probably my most listened to and adored artist thus far in my life. It occurred to me as I was looking back at music I’d listen to in high school and noticing that the large majority of it, even though I… More »

By: jim / March 28, 2008 - 2:37 pm
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