owen pallett - island (2020)

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out in your region tonight

devvvine, Thursday, 21 May 2020 22:34 (six days ago) link

AAAAAH

k*r*n koltrane (Simon H.), Thursday, 21 May 2020 22:36 (six days ago) link

fair play, gatecrashing the 1975 love-in like this

― imago, Thursday, 21 May 2020 22:21 (fifteen minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

imago, Thursday, 21 May 2020 22:36 (six days ago) link

whaaaat

ufo, Thursday, 21 May 2020 23:14 (six days ago) link

Guitar-based songs were surprising but really worked live. Excited to hear this.

Feel a million filaments (Sund4r), Thursday, 21 May 2020 23:40 (six days ago) link

listened to the first half before going to bed. gorgeous stuff. fire mare especially

devvvine, Thursday, 21 May 2020 23:40 (six days ago) link

Dear lord, the 1975 album, the new CRJ, and now this?? What a magical day

Vinnie, Thursday, 21 May 2020 23:51 (six days ago) link

oh shit

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 21 May 2020 23:53 (six days ago) link

"a bloody morning" is intense

ufo, Thursday, 21 May 2020 23:56 (six days ago) link

all my faves putting out records this week

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 21 May 2020 23:56 (six days ago) link

lewis gets fucked into space!!!!!

― ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Saturday, 1 July 2017 22:50 (two years ago) bookmarkflaglink

imago, Friday, 22 May 2020 00:11 (five days ago) link

alas i need to sleep now but i've advance-screened A Bloody Morning (of course) and yeah this is everything that was promised and more

imago, Friday, 22 May 2020 00:19 (five days ago) link

the alternate "fire-mare" is incredible

ufo, Friday, 22 May 2020 00:44 (five days ago) link

Alfred Gets Overloaded By New Music

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 22 May 2020 00:51 (five days ago) link

very very good album as expected. "lewis gets fucked into space" has a really different feeling to that one live in a hallway video from 5 years ago but i still love it

ufo, Friday, 22 May 2020 00:52 (five days ago) link

It's not out yet here in Canada, so am glad a bud of mine passed along the Boomkat listing w/ minute-long clips:
https://boomkat.com/products/island-d3d96221-586c-4ecf-a613-4c6e7f364412

call mr zbow that's my name that name again is mr zbow (Craig D.), Friday, 22 May 2020 01:26 (five days ago) link

i love the overlapping vocals on "fire-mare" so much

ufo, Friday, 22 May 2020 01:35 (five days ago) link

this is very beautiful. all the guitar tracks sound like Nick Drake, which I love and thoroughly not something I would have expected. 

Roz, Friday, 22 May 2020 03:44 (five days ago) link

0wen can and should correct if me if he comes in here, but I think the two big influences in terms of the presence of guitar on some of the new songs are/were Jennifer Castle and Buffy Sainte-Marie?

call mr zbow that's my name that name again is mr zbow (Craig D.), Friday, 22 May 2020 03:49 (five days ago) link

new gunna too

megan thee macallan 18 year (||||||||), Friday, 22 May 2020 04:09 (five days ago) link

"lewis gets fucked into space" is really, really lovely

Karl Malone, Friday, 22 May 2020 05:07 (five days ago) link

love the spare bass drum

Karl Malone, Friday, 22 May 2020 05:07 (five days ago) link

really, really <3

<3 the spare _bd!

Karl Malone, Friday, 22 May 2020 05:08 (five days ago) link

this fucking rules

ripersnifle, Friday, 22 May 2020 05:18 (five days ago) link

Yeah, lovely album.

Feel a million filaments (Sund4r), Friday, 22 May 2020 05:23 (five days ago) link

this is extremely beautiful

in twelve parts (lamonti), Friday, 22 May 2020 07:28 (five days ago) link

it's a beautiful, windy summer morning after a sudden overnight storm. feels like appropriate weather.

in twelve parts (lamonti), Friday, 22 May 2020 07:37 (five days ago) link

I was about to describe some of the string arrangements (the bits that feel like the ring modulator bit of Lewis Takes Action) as Grisey-esque but then thought twice because I only listen to one piece of music by him and deleted the post... but maybe they are Grisey-esque.

https://www.brooklynvegan.com/owen-pallett-surprise-releases-new-album-island-tells-us-about-the-music-that-influenced-it/

in twelve parts (lamonti), Friday, 22 May 2020 07:44 (five days ago) link

thanks for that, looks like we were all correct in our guesses so far - Nick Drake, Buffy Sainte-Marie :)

video for "A Bloody Morning" from that link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_Tvi4v_j0M&

Roz, Friday, 22 May 2020 08:16 (five days ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfjtI_72VmQ

going back to the orchestral performance of the first part of the album from a few years ago to compare is really interesting

https://music.apple.com/gb/album/island/1509744953

the track-by-track notes in the editors notes section here is fascinating too

ufo, Friday, 22 May 2020 09:06 (five days ago) link

this is a beautiful record

devvvine, Friday, 22 May 2020 12:51 (five days ago) link

Excited to get this, just watched the video for 'A Bloody Morning' and oof, the feels.

emil.y, Friday, 22 May 2020 13:37 (five days ago) link

the guitars! It's a perfect May-in-Florida album.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 22 May 2020 13:38 (five days ago) link

Stunning record, especially the parts that have a hint of Talk Talk.

kitchen person, Friday, 22 May 2020 13:52 (five days ago) link

of all the days to be at home trying to frantically prep a presentation my boss has to give in 2.5 hours (that I just learned of 30 minutes ago) while also waiting on workers to come fix my bathtub ;_;

handsome boy modelling software (bernard snowy), Friday, 22 May 2020 14:25 (five days ago) link

Snowy Gets Fucked By a Plumber

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 22 May 2020 14:27 (five days ago) link

i've spent all day listening to this record and it's so immense, maybe even better than heartland

ufo, Friday, 22 May 2020 14:32 (five days ago) link

the strings (the playing, and the arrangements) on this are incredible. On "Paragon of Order" I get the sense of Angela Morley or Jean-Claude Vannier; not just on that song, but its opening is the one that's set me on edge.

Joey Corona (Euler), Friday, 22 May 2020 14:35 (five days ago) link

Been waiting all day to listen, going to absorb the whole thing during a long walk.

tangenttangent, Friday, 22 May 2020 15:28 (five days ago) link

good music to make gazpacho too

devvvine, Friday, 22 May 2020 15:38 (five days ago) link

how badly i wish for it /
that we can be angels and not this bullshit

devvvine, Friday, 22 May 2020 15:40 (five days ago) link

god i cant wait to listen

methinks dababy doth bop shit too much (m bison), Friday, 22 May 2020 16:36 (five days ago) link

Oh it is stunning. Paragon of Order and A Bloody Morning really hit me on the first listen, but it’s all so immediate tbh. The sequencing, the arrangements, everything is really effective at making you visualise the film of it.

tangenttangent, Friday, 22 May 2020 16:53 (five days ago) link

"paragon of order," jesus

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Friday, 22 May 2020 18:56 (five days ago) link

Thanks for the kind words, you guys, I really appreciate it :')

flamboyant goon tie included, Friday, 22 May 2020 19:17 (five days ago) link

It's wonderful

unashamed and trash (Unctious), Friday, 22 May 2020 19:22 (five days ago) link

Sound of the Engines hits me hard.

I am a wound unhealing.

unashamed and trash (Unctious), Friday, 22 May 2020 20:11 (five days ago) link

the sequencing is so good

imago, Friday, 22 May 2020 20:17 (five days ago) link

listening now. love how gradually this is building

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Friday, 22 May 2020 20:24 (five days ago) link

godkiller's alive!

ufo, Saturday, 23 May 2020 01:42 (four days ago) link

I thought they were fucked into space

maffew12, Saturday, 23 May 2020 01:43 (four days ago) link

just cracking it, "Transformer" is lovely.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 23 May 2020 04:08 (four days ago) link

Are there loads of motific references to <i>Heartland</i> in the orchestral arrangements? I can't actually put my finger on them, but it <i>feels</i> like there are.

in twelve parts (lamonti), Saturday, 23 May 2020 08:00 (four days ago) link

ugh square brackets

in twelve parts (lamonti), Saturday, 23 May 2020 08:01 (four days ago) link

I’m just keeping up with all the albums released this week but I can safely say this one and Moodymann might be the best ones imho. The long hiatus was worth it.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 23 May 2020 10:22 (four days ago) link

Are there loads of motific references to <i>Heartland</i> in the orchestral arrangements? I can't actually put my finger on them, but it <i>feels</i> like there are.

― in twelve parts (lamonti),

I haven’t read any interviews or reviews yet so I don’t know if it’s on purpose but every movement here seems to reference his past albums in some way? Movement three would be the Spectrum - Heartland era. The overall feeling I get is that every movement represents a progressive evolution in Owen’s sound. Like a career revision.

I might be off but that was my first impression.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 23 May 2020 10:33 (four days ago) link

another day of listening to this a lot and it's absolutely my favourite thing he's ever done

ufo, Saturday, 23 May 2020 11:40 (four days ago) link

me too

also i do like that band versions of two songs are thrown on the end as a nice extra but i entirely agree that the album versions are a much better fit (and i prefer them in isolation too, otherworldly strings 4eva)

imago, Saturday, 23 May 2020 11:43 (four days ago) link

i really adore the alternate "fire-mare" but it wouldn't have worked as well on the album for the obvious reasons. the alternate "paragon of order" isn't bad but it's missing that melody that comes in at about 3:44 which is my favourite thing on the album version

ufo, Saturday, 23 May 2020 11:54 (four days ago) link

I'm they/them these days <3

A few people have been mentioning movements and I didn't get it, until I blinked and looked at the track listing and was like "oh the segues look like the beginnings of movements" lol. The album is divided in four but the instrumental segues are not the dividers, the sides are. A: 1-5, B: 6-9, C: 10-13, D: 14-15

The alt versions were originally to fill the fourth side-- I cut three songs pretty early on but hadn't figured out how to keep the album a double. I got really attached to the alt versions in the sequence, it works, it sounds to my ears like "In Darkness" is the final scene and the alt versions are the closing credits

flamboyant goon tie included, Saturday, 23 May 2020 12:23 (four days ago) link

ah were those cut songs from when you were talking about it as being ~70 minutes long? the alt versions do work really well at the end like that, which is rare for those sort of bonus tracks

ufo, Saturday, 23 May 2020 12:32 (four days ago) link

side C is an absolute hell of a side. i mean they all are. but that one my god

imago, Saturday, 23 May 2020 12:46 (four days ago) link

Yeah, it was a full 74 minutes. I finished that version in MIDI form in February 2017, circulated to friends, got mixed-positive feedback ("it's great but the demos are better") and so in 10 days I cut it down to 50 minutes and integrated the demo ideas. ("Fucked" for example, didn't have guitar on the MIDI version, it was more like the video from 2015.) Two of those cut songs have been deleted. One of them ("Vengeance") was originally gonna need a choir and I messaged DJP about it! But the songs didn't fit, they've been deleted. The other one ("Oh Bishop") is gonna be released somehow at some point but I'm basically taking Greg's drum parts on it and starting from scratch

flamboyant goon tie included, Saturday, 23 May 2020 13:22 (four days ago) link

i recall you telling me about Oh Bishop! send it to an ILM compilation lol

imago, Saturday, 23 May 2020 13:26 (four days ago) link

the overlapping vocal melodies on "fire-mare," ahhhhhhhh

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Saturday, 23 May 2020 13:30 (four days ago) link

i love this record

couldn't tell you whether i love heartland, in conflict, or this more, prob depends on the day

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Saturday, 23 May 2020 13:39 (four days ago) link

fire-mare may have surpassed oh heartland up yours as my fav op song

devvvine, Saturday, 23 May 2020 13:47 (four days ago) link

I'm in love with this record. Must have played it eight times yesterday and today, and it unfolds and shares something of its secret every time. It's stunning, and so intimate. I'd hate to use the word 'subdued', because there's fire in the belly of this record, but it creeps up on you way more than that it sets you alight.

I think both 'versions' work really well on the record actually, like encores of two very important pieces of the record. 0P gone done it again, damn. <3

Le Bateau Ivre, Saturday, 23 May 2020 16:18 (four days ago) link

I just began listening to this and the ice cream truck rolled down my street with its sorta broken jingle playing and I wasn't sure it wasn't part of the recording.

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 23 May 2020 23:19 (four days ago) link

as i listen to this i realize how much of the last 10 years i have spent trying to sing like owen

methinks dababy doth bop shit too much (m bison), Sunday, 24 May 2020 04:06 (three days ago) link

polar vortex is in fuckin 9/8 time and its so pretty

methinks dababy doth bop shit too much (m bison), Sunday, 24 May 2020 04:20 (three days ago) link

Just saw "Greg's drum parts" and excitedly googled to confirm that that's Greg Fox (whose LP release I'm really looking forward to next month). Hope that unreleased song sees the light of day!

... I still need to listen to the new album. Gonna switch off Merle Haggard after this song and do that :)

handsome boy modelling software (bernard snowy), Sunday, 24 May 2020 11:46 (three days ago) link

I’m still sad that collaboration didn’t work out but the album is incredible. Congrats, fgti

(so serious) (DJP), Sunday, 24 May 2020 11:53 (three days ago) link

i cannot swim in a certain slant of light

lowercase (eric), Sunday, 24 May 2020 13:14 (three days ago) link

I'm afraid this joins the list of "gorgeous albums that build huge lyrical/sonic worlds almost entirely out of hyper-insular subject matter" which I find a weirdly alienating (possible) trend. I recognize this is My Fault

k*r*n koltrane (Simon H.), Sunday, 24 May 2020 15:22 (three days ago) link

The piano in the beginning of Saints drives me wild in the best way

unashamed and trash (Unctious), Sunday, 24 May 2020 21:17 (three days ago) link

and the piano in Polar Vortex, which is so so pretty

unashamed and trash (Unctious), Sunday, 24 May 2020 21:19 (three days ago) link

Interview here with Q in Canada
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-DwLAn2EWI

in twelve parts (lamonti), Monday, 25 May 2020 08:57 (two days ago) link

And a performance of Polar Vortex
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGWuMbNVCoM

in twelve parts (lamonti), Monday, 25 May 2020 08:57 (two days ago) link

In a EAC#G#AE (?) tuning which feels kinda Joni, though not sure if that's one she's actually used.

in twelve parts (lamonti), Monday, 25 May 2020 09:08 (two days ago) link

this is great owen. You got skinny dude!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 25 May 2020 19:51 (two days ago) link


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