owen pallett - island (2020)

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out in your region tonight

devvvine, Thursday, 21 May 2020 22:34 (two months ago) link

AAAAAH

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

whaaaat

ufo, Thursday, 21 May 2020 23:14 (two months 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 (two months ago) link

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

devvvine, Thursday, 21 May 2020 23:40 (two months ago) link

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

Vinnie, Thursday, 21 May 2020 23:51 (two months ago) link

oh shit

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

"a bloody morning" is intense

ufo, Thursday, 21 May 2020 23:56 (two months ago) link

all my faves putting out records this week

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

the alternate "fire-mare" is incredible

ufo, Friday, 22 May 2020 00:44 (two months ago) link

Alfred Gets Overloaded By New Music

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

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

ufo, Friday, 22 May 2020 01:35 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months ago) link

new gunna too

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

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

Karl Malone, Friday, 22 May 2020 05:07 (two months ago) link

love the spare bass drum

Karl Malone, Friday, 22 May 2020 05:07 (two months ago) link

really, really <3

<3 the spare _bd!

Karl Malone, Friday, 22 May 2020 05:08 (two months ago) link

this fucking rules

ripersnifle, Friday, 22 May 2020 05:18 (two months ago) link

Yeah, lovely album.

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

this is extremely beautiful

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

this is a beautiful record

devvvine, Friday, 22 May 2020 12:51 (two months 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 (two months ago) link

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

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

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

kitchen person, Friday, 22 May 2020 13:52 (two months 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 (two months ago) link

Snowy Gets Fucked By a Plumber

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

good music to make gazpacho too

devvvine, Friday, 22 May 2020 15:38 (two months ago) link

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

devvvine, Friday, 22 May 2020 15:40 (two months ago) link

god i cant wait to listen

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

"paragon of order," jesus

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

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

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

It's wonderful

unashamed and trash (Unctious), Friday, 22 May 2020 19:22 (two months ago) link

Sound of the Engines hits me hard.

I am a wound unhealing.

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

the sequencing is so good

imago, Friday, 22 May 2020 20:17 (two months ago) link

listening now. love how gradually this is building

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

godkiller's alive!

ufo, Saturday, 23 May 2020 01:42 (two months ago) link

Not as much talk about this album here as I expected. I can only assume I'm not the only one fully engulfed in its stark, naked glory. I tread carefully and save playing it for moments when I can be all ears, and alone, listening to it. Any description I try and give will be an embarrassment, but it awakens something almost primal within me, something deeply personal. It has an insanely powerful effect on me - it's almost too much. At the best and worst of times 'Island' just destroys me in the best and worst possible way.

Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 9 June 2020 19:22 (one month ago) link

This album was kind of saving me last week when I was really struggling. It's hard to articulate just how much these songs move me.

Hoping there's a vinyl announcement soon.

kitchen person, Tuesday, 9 June 2020 22:28 (one month ago) link

Kind of listening to it sparingly because it's such an imposing record. A Bloody Morning is such a monstrously powerful piece of music. It hits as hard as The Riverbed.

in twelve parts (lamonti), Wednesday, 10 June 2020 10:18 (one month ago) link

Feels like Island has generally got very little coverage in fact but I would be surprised if people didn't come around to it.

in twelve parts (lamonti), Wednesday, 10 June 2020 16:25 (one month ago) link

people = more journalists i mean

in twelve parts (lamonti), Wednesday, 10 June 2020 16:26 (one month ago) link

I didnt even know this had come out til just now stumbling upon it by chance. And I just listened to/watched the video for A Bloody Morning and I am crying, why am I crying? I never cry at anything and I can't stop, jesus fuck.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Wednesday, 17 June 2020 03:36 (one month ago) link

I just found a file called "Transformer (Guitar Demo)" from something called Art Week 2016 on an old harddrive and it's the first song off this record.

in twelve parts (lamonti), Thursday, 18 June 2020 09:09 (one month ago) link

I know it was written a few years ago but I’ve not come across another verse that captures 2020 quite like this one:

“I’ve mistaken self-indulgence for self-care
But do not be scared
Surely some disaster will descend and equalize us
A crisis will unify the godless
And the fearless, and the righteous”

Roz, Monday, 22 June 2020 06:43 (one month ago) link

Haha I was thinking about how apt that lyric is the other day.

Tim F, Monday, 22 June 2020 06:58 (one month ago) link

The line is meant to be wistful and a little myopic, and I felt guilty about its meaning during the pandemic, seeing as the reverse (if anything) is true, global disasters only deepen class divides, i.e.

In lieu of "normal methods of album promotion" I've been making lil videos and posting them to Instagram, I did a cover of "River Man" last week

https://www.instagram.com/p/CBMMdvigNhx/

DJ Fiona Apple Genius (flamboyant goon tie included), Monday, 22 June 2020 09:58 (one month ago) link

mmmm one of my fave songs. nice cover! would love to get that commercially if it's available anywhere!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 22 June 2020 16:14 (one month ago) link

good job on the music to recorder: the marion stokes project btw, i enjoyed

johnny crunch, Monday, 22 June 2020 16:16 (one month ago) link

xpost

I think maybe the prophetic certainty about an all-encompassing disaster is what hits pretty close to home about now--and the truest section being mistaken self-indulgence for self-care. I play competitive video games and drink myself into a stupor saying I'm treating myself, but self-care for me is almost never giving into my urges; self-care at it's best for me is discipline.

I'm surprised to hear about your guilt fgti, because I didn't take Lewis's perspective as a truth in my reading. I took it as a continued demonstration of a longstanding Achilles heel of Lewis's. In personal crisis, he becomes blind to inequities perpetrated by himself and others:

Disillusionment with farmlife (personal crisis) -> Violent crusades (replacing one systemic order with another)
Disillusionment with crusading (personal crisis)-> Owen's murder (unilaterally destroying a system of order)

We see him start to come to terms with this in Saints: "Nobody wanted him dead," followed by a shift in the violence he perpetrates as described below.

Emptiness in the wake of an Owen-less existence (personal crisis) -> Reconnecting with previous violence through the adolescent invincibility Lewis feels leading to Sound of the Engines (anarchic violence, in a way. Maybe imposing the only order he knows, which is personal conquest. And failing, in this instance.)

Emptiness in the wake of an Owen-less existence (personal crisis continued) -> A Bloody Morning (at best, negligent violence; at worst, spiteful and angry murder)

Lewis doesn't come around to full redemption, based on the lyric above--he's still outsourcing the salvation of others: first to Owen, then to anarchy, then to some disaster. But always to something bigger than him for which he acts as a catalyst.

That was my reading, anyway, which I think absolves the author. Feel somewhat conflicted about talking about my reading to the author themself.

unashamed and trash (Unctious), Monday, 22 June 2020 16:24 (one month ago) link

It's fine, there are people posting on my own forum their theories and they're gratifying to read.

That's an interesting interpretation. When I think about Lewis, I think that he's "instinct", the amygdala-- what you term as "crisis" is, to me, just the instinctive animal mind behaving the way it does. Owen is "rational thought", the cortex. The two individuals are figuratively different beings, but literally part of the same entitity-- just as Werther and Charlotte are aspects of Goethe

DJ Fiona Apple Genius (flamboyant goon tie included), Monday, 22 June 2020 19:08 (one month ago) link

And thanks johnny.. I'm auditing the score to "Recorder" again this afternoon to see if I feel good enough about it to release it as a separate OST-- when the movie was finished I was feeling discouraged about it but time might've changed my mind

DJ Fiona Apple Genius (flamboyant goon tie included), Monday, 22 June 2020 19:14 (one month ago) link

it's really good!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 22 June 2020 19:59 (one month ago) link

FYI, Owen performance in about 90 minutes on blogotheque’s Instagram live: here

unashamed and trash (Unctious), Tuesday, 23 June 2020 15:18 (one month ago) link

This is great. A beautifully slow 'I Am Not Afraid' on guitar now.

Scampidocio (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 23 June 2020 17:29 (one month ago) link

I find Instagram live is not a great format for anything but this was still fab.

in twelve parts (lamonti), Tuesday, 23 June 2020 17:41 (one month ago) link

"A Bloody Morning" is also my favorite (I hadn't even noticed that lovely verse Roz likes).

It reminds me of late eighties John Cale.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 23 June 2020 17:44 (one month ago) link

Agreed Lamonti. This was the first of these 'lockdown' shows I've watched. W/ 40mins or so it was a perfect length (ie. not longer).

Scampidocio (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 23 June 2020 19:00 (one month ago) link

I miss the vibey keyboards on the new live version of Lewis Takes Off His Shirt but change is good! You must really trust your guitar straps OP :)

in twelve parts (lamonti), Wednesday, 24 June 2020 10:10 (one month ago) link

Thanks for watching! Yeah that guitar strap combined with some extra sun on my shoulders has left me feeling raw today.

DJ Fiona Apple Genius (flamboyant goon tie included), Wednesday, 24 June 2020 13:50 (one month ago) link

really big fan of the drums in "a bloody morning"

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 29 June 2020 16:46 (one month ago) link

almost like it's a good drummer ;)

imago, Monday, 29 June 2020 16:53 (one month ago) link

oh it's greg fox! of course!

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 29 June 2020 16:55 (one month ago) link

tbr it is so great hearing Fox doing something a little more restrained than usual, his touch and sensitivity really comes through

imago, Monday, 29 June 2020 16:56 (one month ago) link

as a big possession fan i love the "paragon of order" lyric about sisters faith and chance

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 29 June 2020 17:09 (one month ago) link

Searched but didn't get a hit - is there a cd version coming?

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Monday, 29 June 2020 20:27 (one month ago) link

Brad you’re the only person in the world who caught that and yes you’re right

CD/vinyl in November? I’m getting a whopping NINE releases all pressed at the same time (soundtracks, reissues etc)

wet pockets (flamboyant goon tie included), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 00:10 (one month ago) link

Also I broke edge yesterday and had some White Claws at a Pride party and I just realized that I changed my username to remind myself of a new product idea that’s a hybrid of wet wipes and hot pockets

wet pockets (flamboyant goon tie included), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 00:14 (one month ago) link

Thanks for the cd info! I will be patient.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 00:40 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

Was holding out for a CD but could t Stan RKT anymore so bought files the other day. This is wonderful. The Drake-y guitar is beautiful and unexpected- that note is well deserved.

Thank you, Owen.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 31 July 2020 05:39 (one week ago) link

That’s a strange typo.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 31 July 2020 05:40 (one week ago) link

this album unfortunately seems like it was very overlooked in general but it's absolutely one of the best this year

ufo, Friday, 31 July 2020 05:53 (one week ago) link

Thanks guys! I posted about it on Facebook, but last month I got a really nice note from "The Estate Of Nick Drake" (his sister and her partner). They said they "could hear the ghosts of Nick and Molly roaming through these songs" and that they "rejoiced that they were in such wonderful hands" :) They also gave me a book of Molly's poetry. So sweet!

flamboyant goon tie included, Friday, 31 July 2020 14:52 (one week ago) link

aw that is very dear!

imago, Friday, 31 July 2020 14:53 (one week ago) link

oh that is just the nicest thing

the quar on drugs (Simon H.), Friday, 31 July 2020 15:28 (one week ago) link

incredible

methinks dababy doth bop shit too much (m bison), Friday, 31 July 2020 15:32 (one week ago) link

Wow

Feel a million filaments (Sund4r), Friday, 31 July 2020 15:37 (one week ago) link

aw that’s so lovely

Roz, Friday, 31 July 2020 16:36 (one week ago) link

awesome. now put out a studio version of riverman!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 31 July 2020 18:47 (one week ago) link

'Grats, fgti.

And I second ulysses's suggestion.

pomenitul, Friday, 31 July 2020 18:48 (one week ago) link

Wonderful.

And thirded! :)

Scampidocio (Le Bateau Ivre), Friday, 31 July 2020 19:21 (one week ago) link

Way ahead of you :)

Also I'm gonna be releasing the "demo version" of the album from 2017, download-only, included with the vinyl release in November. Certain songs ("Transformer") are virtually the same, others ("A Bloody Morning", "In Darkness") are completely different.

flamboyant goon tie included, Friday, 31 July 2020 21:06 (one week ago) link

Nice. It’s an incredible album.

Joey Corona (Euler), Friday, 31 July 2020 22:06 (one week ago) link

Yeah I'm still listening to this all the time and it's also made me revisit In Conflict and Heartland a lot in recent months.

in twelve parts (lamonti), Monday, 3 August 2020 07:25 (four days ago) link

And revisit Nick Drake actually. Boy he was good.

in twelve parts (lamonti), Monday, 3 August 2020 07:26 (four days ago) link

https://www.twitch.tv/videos/697807065

Owen on TrueAnon Twitch playing and talking w/ Yung Chomsky

in twelve parts (lamonti), Wednesday, 5 August 2020 07:44 (two days ago) link


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