Owen Pallett - Heartland

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surprised there isn't a thread on this yet. we all like Owen, don't we?

terrific stuff anyway, especially in the second half. and kudos on avoiding another album title naming disaster!

Roz, Tuesday, 2 February 2010 15:43 (nine years ago) link

I have this strange hope it's nothing but old Sisters of Mercy covers based on that title.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 2 February 2010 15:43 (nine years ago) link

not goth enough

Roz, Tuesday, 2 February 2010 15:45 (nine years ago) link

AOTY so far.

Simon H., Tuesday, 2 February 2010 15:46 (nine years ago) link

That might sound a little backhanded at this point in the year, but it feels like a huge step forward compared to his previous albums (which I also enjoy).

Simon H., Tuesday, 2 February 2010 15:47 (nine years ago) link

yeah it actually caught me a little by surprise. i'd heard some of the songs as live versions and to be honest, they already sounded fully-formed then, so when the album came out with the same songs but with these HUGE, gorgeous arrangements it was like... WOW.

Roz, Tuesday, 2 February 2010 15:59 (nine years ago) link

Love this album. Favorite thing I've heard so far this year.

Hoisin Murphy (jaymc), Tuesday, 2 February 2010 16:15 (nine years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7WxTP3ger8

Fluxtumblr posted this video a little while back, and it's awesome, especially the part where they try to get him to end the song because of the rain and he just keeps playing. Love this song.

ksh, Tuesday, 2 February 2010 16:37 (nine years ago) link

Thanks bwoys. Figured I'd have a nice homey title before album #4 "The Human Cunt" drops

Megadeth Panel (Ówen P.), Tuesday, 2 February 2010 16:55 (nine years ago) link

Hopefully a CD of this should arrive at my house soon.

No, YOU'RE a disgusting savage (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 2 February 2010 16:56 (nine years ago) link

I wanted to like this, and do in bits ("Lewisi Takes Off His Shirt," "Oh, Heartland Up Yours), but all that yearning dolor annoys me.

Blue Fucks Like Ben Nelson (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 2 February 2010 16:57 (nine years ago) link

I can't afford more than 2 albums a month so I am going to have to wait till post-Gil Scott Heron to get this but I really want to. Plus its not on spotify and I've become all righteous about illegal downloads (except for out-of-print and mixtapes) so...

Nice artwork tho.

brrrrrrrrrrrrrt_stanton (a hoy hoy), Tuesday, 2 February 2010 17:03 (nine years ago) link

Yes, fantastic artwork. Which is why I bought it on vinyl. Two thick 45rpm slabs of them! Awesome.

Clerck at the store where I ordered it asked me who the album was by three times (Owen who?!) before he heard it correctly. Shrugged his shoulders to indicate the name didn't ring a bell. Album playing in the background, to which he'd been singing and humming along for some time: Funeral.

willem, Tuesday, 2 February 2010 17:35 (nine years ago) link

loooooooooool

brrrrrrrrrrrrrt_stanton (a hoy hoy), Tuesday, 2 February 2010 17:36 (nine years ago) link

Owen P's work getting recognised to full effect, obv

brrrrrrrrrrrrrt_stanton (a hoy hoy), Tuesday, 2 February 2010 17:37 (nine years ago) link

Interviews!

http://www.tinymixtapes.com/features/owen-pallett
http://www.popmatters.com/pm/feature/118185-blissfully-nerdy-interview-with-owen-pallett/

Looking forward to reading them later.

kshighway (ksh), Thursday, 4 February 2010 20:00 (nine years ago) link

this guy sucks, he totally ripped off final fantasy

鬼の手 (Edward III), Thursday, 4 February 2010 20:02 (nine years ago) link

One thing that gets me is that it feels pretty continuous with the stuff before -- obviously the same pretty unique sensibility -- but it makes exactly the right changes to open it up to a much wider audience: grander scope, a dash of drums and electric bass, the whole relationship between orchestral instruments and electronic ones. I hope that doesn't sound like I'm just looking at it in commercial terms, but it really does manage to invite a lot more people in without really changing what it's doing.

It's also fun thinking about the concept of arrangements "modeled on the principles of electronic music," in terms of decoding them -- so you get stuff like the bit that works like Neu!, or the bit that sounds like an organ played by a sequencer (and filtered), or brass working like square-wave oscillators...

oɔsıqɐu (nabisco), Thursday, 4 February 2010 20:16 (nine years ago) link

owen & I are pals & have worked together, cards on table there ok, but that said, what a tremendous album - even the song that bugs me live ("midnight directives") works here, really beautifully, and the sequence as it unfolds is just gorgeous: it's an album I settle into like a great big book. in a sense, it reminds me of what I like about heavy metal: it's daring enough to try to create, in each song & in the songs taken together, a whole world to sink into. I feel like owen's love of his creation, the character & the world in which he lives, kind of achieves lift-off here; it's hard to take on a conceit that doesn't, at first, seem forced, but on this record it all feels really natural to me, which is the difference between a cool-sounding record and the real journey that this one is.

Lee Dorrian Gray (J0hn D.), Thursday, 4 February 2010 20:35 (nine years ago) link

arrangements "modeled on the principles of electronic music,"

what are these "principles" of electronic music? electronic sound is just another medium for producing oscillations. It is a medium through which the composer often has more precise control, but ultimately it is based on the same acoustic principles as "physical" sound. Square waves, triangle waves, etc were conceptualized and harmonically analyzed long before electronic music came about.

Altoids for your vagina. (Curt1s Stephens), Thursday, 4 February 2010 20:37 (nine years ago) link

Decided to give in and go buy this album today- only for HMV not to have it :( Sorry Owen for you staying poor like me.

80085 (a hoy hoy), Thursday, 4 February 2010 20:40 (nine years ago) link

I think he means the set of aesthetic priorities that electronic composers might be said to have - what exactly these are isn't something I'd be in a position to state, but it does seem that composition, for electronic composers, is a different activity from composing on standard instruments of the symphony in some ways, right? or maybe not, just thinkin'

Lee Dorrian Gray (J0hn D.), Thursday, 4 February 2010 20:40 (nine years ago) link

all I wanna know is does Owen know how to do fourier transforms, if not he should learn

Altoids for your vagina. (Curt1s Stephens), Thursday, 4 February 2010 20:47 (nine years ago) link

he plays a violin iirc

Lee Dorrian Gray (J0hn D.), Thursday, 4 February 2010 20:53 (nine years ago) link

Wow that footage of him doing Lewis Takes Off His Shirt is amazing, that and Tryst With Mephistopheles are my two favorites on the album. I loved the first two albums when they came out but Heartland feels like a combination of the very best moments from them both, it's a huge leap forward and I'm already excited to hear how the next album will sound.

Heartland and the new Hot Chip album have made this a really good start to the year for new albums.

Kitchen Person, Thursday, 4 February 2010 20:54 (nine years ago) link

he plays a violin iirc

this is a huge thing imo

Altoids for your vagina. (Curt1s Stephens), Thursday, 4 February 2010 21:01 (nine years ago) link

(that's what she said)

Altoids for your vagina. (Curt1s Stephens), Thursday, 4 February 2010 21:02 (nine years ago) link

Man, I can't stop singing "I'M NEVER GONNA GIVE IT TO YOU!" at the moment. Fantastic album, easily the best I've heard this year.

Dwight Yorke, Thursday, 4 February 2010 21:40 (nine years ago) link

i'm not sure if the songwriting is for me yet, but the arrangements and general sound of the album are v gorgeous and impressive. also there's a really wide variety of textures and melodic styles, but the transitions between them are really effortless and natural. it might just be because it's the only other indie rock violins album i've got, but it reminds me of parenthetical girls' "entanglements" in that way.

samosa gibreel, Thursday, 4 February 2010 21:46 (nine years ago) link

Man, I can't stop singing "I'M NEVER GONNA GIVE IT TO YOU!" at the moment.

OTM. i start dancing in my chair and mouthing those words a lot when that song's on -- and it's on very, very often

kshighway (ksh), Thursday, 4 February 2010 21:51 (nine years ago) link

Am I the only one who thinks the vocals are mixed too fucking low? I can barely hear him sing, and there are some great melodies here.

rennavate, Thursday, 4 February 2010 22:21 (nine years ago) link

Man, I can't stop singing "I'M NEVER GONNA GIVE IT TO YOU!" at the moment.

That moment is such a hook that I end up playing the song on repeat about 5 times every time I listen to it.

Damn you Owen for completely distorting my listening tally over the last few weeks...

jellybean (back again) (Jill), Thursday, 4 February 2010 22:50 (nine years ago) link

Curt1s the "adapted electronic" music part came from an aborted collaboration with OMD, where they asked me to envision some of their early material as orchestral music. It was an impossible challenge... I spent about two days on the intro to "Souvenir" alone, trying to figure out some way of individually voicing a 50-piece string section to approximate the sound of a filter closing on a hissy Oberheim (or Jupiter or whatever). Although I did find some success on "Of All The Things We Made", I eventually had to bail, it was taking too much out of me and my personal connection to those early OMD records is too deep. Revising them seemed like it was belittling them. But some of the solutions that I had come up with over that project stuck with me and I adapted them into the arrangements for Heartland. I could give specific examples but it'd be about as tedious an exercise as trying to write a melody based on an Eigenvector har har har.

Megadeth Panel (Ówen P.), Thursday, 4 February 2010 23:03 (nine years ago) link

was thinking about listening to this but judging by that post this album is not for me

een, Thursday, 4 February 2010 23:04 (nine years ago) link

Empower yourself, brother.

Megadeth Panel (Ówen P.), Thursday, 4 February 2010 23:05 (nine years ago) link

i was thinking about not listening to this but judging by that post this album might be for me.

i love that shit, although in my experience it's mostly been drummers figuring out how to approximate electronically-generated beats & sounds.

rinse the lemonade (Jordan), Thursday, 4 February 2010 23:18 (nine years ago) link

A collab with OMD, wow...
A friend of mine told me how you played the opening songs of Dazzle Ships as an encore at a gig in Utrecht last year (or was it '08?) - I was sooo pissed I wasn't there. Luckily I now have tickets for the Amsterdam gig in march.

willem, Thursday, 4 February 2010 23:52 (nine years ago) link

Just to be clear, this isn't something that particularly sounds like "let me arrange everything to imitate synths," at least not to me -- it's just something to think about when the arrangements/instruments behave in ways that are a little unexpected. It might not have occurred to me if I hadn't read it somewhere and then thought, you know: ah, yes, those strings there do do that, don't they.

I think I made the "voice mixed too low" note when talking about He Poos Clouds, but it doesn't seem like an issue to me here. (Maybe because the sonic profile of this one is lower and warmer? It felt like more of an issue when the voice was up against a lot of mid-rangey strings.)

BTW, am I alone in this experience, or does this album present to other people at first as great but not-super-lively, and then repeated listening reveals it's way, WAY more lively than you thought at first?

oɔsıqɐu (nabisco), Thursday, 4 February 2010 23:59 (nine years ago) link

Four kestrels manoeuvre in the dark.

ecuador_with_a_c, Friday, 5 February 2010 02:51 (nine years ago) link

BTW, am I alone in this experience, or does this album present to other people at first as great but not-super-lively, and then repeated listening reveals it's way, WAY more lively than you thought at first?

Absolutely. The first listen was very impressive, but I was almost too enmeshed in the arrangements and the leaps forward/sideways in terms of what Owen's been doing with percussion and countermelodies and texture. The second and third were spent wrapping my head around what the hell was going on with Lewis and his wife and Cockatrices and such. And while clearly the melodies were embedding themselves in my brain, it wasn't until recently that I realized how much the album really drives itself forward. There's a KICK to it that appeared in moments on the last two (Dream of W&R, Song Song Song, etc.) but it's somehow less stately/mannered than Has a Good Home and He Poos Clouds.

Alex in Montreal, Friday, 5 February 2010 03:08 (nine years ago) link

Plus, things like

For a man can be bought, and a man can be sold,
And the price of a hundred thousand unwatered souls
Is a bit of meat and a bit of coal.

should not be nearly as catchy as they are. Humming this shit EVERYWHERE. Haven't seen Owen since the He Poos Clouds preview at Lambi - at the time translating the string quartet parts for solo violin was mind-blowing...looking forward to seeing how the new arrangements morph for live concerts.

Alex in Montreal, Friday, 5 February 2010 03:11 (nine years ago) link

Oh, and while Owen's around answering questions about recording procedures and stuff...where does Spectrum 14th Century fit in?

If Heartland is totally from the perspective of Lewis, is the EP a collection of disparate voices just supplementing with context? Are any of those "Lewis" songs as well, or should we just treat them as vaguely connected bonuses? (Specifically is The Butcher supposed to be in the voice of "Owen, God of Spectrum", because that's the only way I can make head or tails of it).

Alex in Montreal, Friday, 5 February 2010 03:29 (nine years ago) link

http://www.comixconnection.com/uploaded_images/286100~Portrait-of-Baby-Crying-Posters-713652.jpg

Thanks for the kind words! I'm preemptively banning myself.

Megadeth Panel (Ówen P.), Friday, 5 February 2010 03:48 (nine years ago) link

Question though Owen- did you decide to just go by your name after they printed up all the sleeves to your records? I noticed when they shipped in they all say
Final Fantasy on the spine and theres a sticker on the front with you name. Just curious.

Evan, Friday, 5 February 2010 04:35 (nine years ago) link

I think Owen's checked out of this thread. Or at least from answering questions. Which makes sense.

This is from P4k:

From now on, Owen Pallett will be known as Owen Pallett-- we'll have to put those bad jokes about hit points and geeks in sweatpants to rest. According to a message from Pallett, "the laws of trademark infringement exist for good reason, and so I am voluntarily retiring my band name."

http://pitchfork.com/news/37436-final-fantasy-changes-nameto-owen-pallett/

kshighway (ksh), Friday, 5 February 2010 04:36 (nine years ago) link

Eh oh well.

Yeah but I was wondering how last minute that decision was, since it still says Final Fantasy on all the record sleeves, but the sticker says his name. These dull little things hold my curiosity.

Evan, Friday, 5 February 2010 04:39 (nine years ago) link

Oh shit. I seriously read

Question though Owen- did you decide to just go by your name

And then went to Pitchfork. I'm tired. Sorry dude.

kshighway (ksh), Friday, 5 February 2010 04:41 (nine years ago) link

I'm not THAT behind here.

No problem haha.

Evan, Friday, 5 February 2010 04:42 (nine years ago) link

:-)

kshighway (ksh), Friday, 5 February 2010 04:43 (nine years ago) link

I think his voice suits the music well. Good pairing.

SourPatchCorpse, Friday, 5 February 2010 06:24 (nine years ago) link

Oh cool, you restored the Greg Fox track!

Cardi Acs (imago), Monday, 18 December 2017 17:03 (two years ago) link

Greg Fox! That's awesome.

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 18 December 2017 17:10 (two years ago) link

Yeah, there were three with Greg. I was always gonna keep that one, but I nixed the drums on "Perseverance Of The Saints" and took "Oh Bishop" off the record.

I deleted the entire 3rd side of the original album, three songs got cut. Partially because they weren't fitting the mood of the rest of the record, partially because those three songs were written during a really shitty period of my life that I didn't want to memorialize, partially because the album was working better at 50 minutes instead of 70, and partially to reduce the overall cost of my orchestral session which was already "an insane thing to spend money on in 2017"

flamboyant goon tie included, Monday, 18 December 2017 17:23 (two years ago) link

All fair! Oh so is Oh Bishop the one you said I'd freak out over? I'll wait for the special edition ;)

Cardi Acs (imago), Monday, 18 December 2017 17:30 (two years ago) link

lol we had this exact conversation on the In Conflict thread

Cardi Acs (imago), Monday, 18 December 2017 17:33 (two years ago) link

Ah really? lol. Yeah, "Oh Bishop" was the one. I did track the orchestra on it, rather loosely, but usably, just like "OK we'll run it a couple times before the time's up", but it's just not fitting the rest of the record. I might finish it, I probably should

flamboyant goon tie included, Monday, 18 December 2017 17:39 (two years ago) link

Could always submit it to the next ILX comp haha

Would like to make abundantly clear that I am also stoked for the tracks that don't have Greg Fox on them

And a shout-out for the arrangement on that Kiran Callinan song, not least as it brought you together with Weyes Blood who is just the best. Can't wait for any future mingling of ways there...

Cardi Acs (imago), Monday, 18 December 2017 17:39 (two years ago) link

I admire Fox for branching out, he seems adventurous. Which is also why it sounds cool that he's on your record obv, but it doesn't give away - for me - what his drumming sounds like :) His solo record from this year was pretty good (even though I admit to not having given it enough time).

LJ otm about the Callinan song. Also, the Sarahbeth Tomberlin EP fucking rocks. She's great. I don't mean to pry, but did she just out of the blue ask you: could you produce this? As it seems a really good match, but I don't know how these things come about.

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 18 December 2017 18:06 (two years ago) link

Sarahbeth came to my shows, we became Facebook friends, and then one day she sent me an iPhone demo of "Tornado" and I was blown away. She kept sending more songs and they were awesome. I spoke to somebody else about recording her, but that person fell through, so I offered to do it myself. She came down and we recorded it in two-and-a-half days. She's amazing and she just signed a contract with a larger indie for three more records, and she wants me to keep working with her, which rules.

flamboyant goon tie included, Monday, 18 December 2017 19:10 (two years ago) link

Awesome hearing about the making of Island, can't wait to hear tracks with or without crazy time-signature drumming

Vinnie, Tuesday, 19 December 2017 01:19 (two years ago) link

re "The Great Elsewhere": thanks for the explainer, Owen! It's still crazy to me that the whole thing works.

need to listen to the Sarah-Beth Tomberlin record - I keep forgetting to check it out.

Roz, Tuesday, 19 December 2017 02:22 (two years ago) link

fascinating to hear about how The Great Elsewhere works, it's my absolute favourite. still very excited for Island

ufo, Tuesday, 19 December 2017 02:42 (two years ago) link

I don't know a lot about time signatures, but is "The Riverbed" doing the same thing rhythmically? I once tried to cut off the start and end of that song so that it would loop (it is so awesome that I could listen to it all day - and I have), but I could never get the edit points right.

ArchCarrier, Tuesday, 19 December 2017 08:55 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

Threw on the A Swedish Love Story EP (which I'd forgotten I'd purchased on vinyl until I spotted it among my records earlier today) while doing some writing this afternoon and was reminded what a lovely little collection of songs it is. Understandably overshadowed by his other 2010 release, I still think that "A Man With No Ankles" might be my favourite OP song of this era.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUeynkQPg8s

Timothée Charalambides (cryptosicko), Monday, 4 March 2019 03:37 (ten months ago) link

Just want to chime in to say ‘me too!’ - I recently rediscovered this EP and have been enjoying it very much. Played that exact song on the radio a couple weeks ago!

christopher.ivan, Monday, 4 March 2019 10:09 (ten months ago) link

<3

New album will be out this year, and I’m going in to get the Final Fantasy albums remastered and repackaged with bonus stuff, the Totally Legal edition

flamboyant goon tie included, Monday, 4 March 2019 13:18 (ten months ago) link

yayyyyyyyyy

Roz, Monday, 4 March 2019 13:26 (ten months ago) link

Huzzah! <3

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 4 March 2019 13:36 (ten months ago) link

a welcome recess from hyperreality <3

ninthyoung, Monday, 4 March 2019 15:39 (ten months ago) link

listened to in conflict this morning, one of my favorite parts of the album is the piano break between the verses of “i’m not afraid” that sounds like an rpg save point

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Monday, 4 March 2019 15:52 (ten months ago) link

also realizing how grateful i am that this album exists

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Monday, 4 March 2019 15:53 (ten months ago) link

that sounds like an rpg save point

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-jEYv97CMwc4/UjC2_hJSBBI/AAAAAAAAADk/dh2bvdLLWUY/s1600/save+point.png

Evan, Monday, 4 March 2019 15:55 (ten months ago) link

Probably not unrelated to the fact that that moment is taken from the Ryuchi Sakamoto cookbook, as is lots of JRPG music

flamboyant goon tie included, Monday, 4 March 2019 16:17 (ten months ago) link

this is wonderful news, owen.

sean gramophone, Monday, 4 March 2019 17:30 (ten months ago) link

cool, looking forward to new stuff

ciderpress, Monday, 4 March 2019 17:42 (ten months ago) link

this is good news.

Hmmmmm (jamiesummerz), Monday, 4 March 2019 17:45 (ten months ago) link

Very glad to hear this!!!

christopher.ivan, Monday, 4 March 2019 18:39 (ten months ago) link

same :)

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 4 March 2019 18:42 (ten months ago) link

ten months pass...

Happy belated birthday to this achievement of a record--and to ten more years of being in my music rotation.

New live versions of some Heartland tracks have been periodically finding their way onto YouTube, and they're wonderful to listen to.

Cheers!

unashamed and trash (Unctious), Monday, 13 January 2020 17:11 (two weeks ago) link

How in hell is this a decade old.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 15:20 (two weeks ago) link

It came out 10 years ago

totally unnecessary bewbz of exploitation (DJP), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 15:32 (two weeks ago) link

proof?

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 15:34 (two weeks ago) link

It's a decade old

totally unnecessary bewbz of exploitation (DJP), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 15:41 (two weeks ago) link

owen-pallett-cooleth-story-brethren.jpg

"And from my ginger chest, there
came the sound of thunder"

Blasting this tonight in honor of its anniversary. An album so unique and with a truly transformative power I did not think I'd come across after my 30s any more. Shame the "life altering" cliche, but alter my life, it did. Up yours.

Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 14 January 2020 21:17 (two weeks ago) link

<3 :) thank you guys

the bones tell me nothing (flamboyant goon tie included), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 00:43 (two weeks ago) link

starting this thread prob in my top 5 moments on ilx.

My album of the decade no contest (and maybe song of the decade too for "The Great Elsewhere").

Roz, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 02:12 (two weeks ago) link

i remember this being the first record i bought after deciding i'd never buy a CD again!

the synth of lewis takes off his shirt is still one of my favourite musical things ever

new OP album announced soon surely?

in twelve parts (lamonti), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 15:33 (two weeks ago) link

It’s a wonderful record, Owen.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 20:26 (two weeks ago) link

I need to listen to this record again asap. The problem with having a mental list of albums you love is that the list keeps getting longer and longer, so it's nice to be reminded of a record you love that you haven't listened to lately, for no particularly good reason!

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 21:05 (two weeks ago) link

idk if this was really "public knowledge", but there was a re-issue of this album back in 2014 or so that included a number of bonus tracks. I know the "Deluxe Edition" is available on the iTunes store (and on CD format); I don't know about streaming services, because I don't use them. (I do use Tidal but I think it's bad luck to search for your own music on streaming services for some reason.)

The "Deluxe Edition" includes an instrumental b-side from the "Lewis Takes Action" single ("A Watery Day"), and then the entirety of the "Export EP". "Export" was a bit of a weird thing. I originally had this idea that I might record re-imagined versions of Heartland's songs that were stripped down and sung by other singers. I recorded beds for them, and started soliciting certain friends of mine to sing them. The wrangling process was more than I'd bargained for, and I got impatient. Fall 2010 was a frustrating bit of time for me. My guitarist (the brilliant Thom Gill) abruptly left, which was for the best (on a global level, he's a genius and should be doing his own thing). I had been in talks with new management, which made me optimistic for 'what would happen in the 2010s', and those talks abruptly fell through. There was some other stuff going on at the time, I can't remember what.

At the time, I'd only experienced one episode of adult depression (Spring 2007)-- funny to think about it now that depression/anxiety have become such a defining feature of my personality/existence. But in December 2010 I fell into a depression. I began cobbling together some unreleased stuff, including the instrumentals to this "Heartland reimagined" EP, and other fragments of things, to put together what would become the "Export EP". Prior to a set I played in Osaka, my last set of the year, I started sobbing desperately in front of my friend who worked at P-Vine. The year had been overwhelming and I was just exhausted. That night, in a daze, I uploaded "Export EP" to Soundcloud instead of bothering to consult anybody about a proper release for it. It was ignored. (The depression lifted a few days later and I had a really happy and healthy few years; 2011 especially was a really great one.)

Anyway you might be interested to try and track down the deluxe edition of Heartland for that EP. The best track on it is a really fucking good version of "The Great Elsewhere" from that Heartland Reimagined thing. Shara Nova (fka Shara Worden aka My Brightest Diamond) was the first and only person I solicited to record their vocals, and she... absolutely slayed it. The version has Shahzad Ismaily on drums and Thom Gill on guitar, I'm playing Rhodes, and three NYC string player luminaries (Rob Moose violin, Nadia Sirota viola, Clarice Jensen cello). Here it is if you're interested. The version began as a joke that Thom and I used to play at sound check but we decided it was actually amazing and recorded it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vuQKPjaP08

the bones tell me nothing (flamboyant goon tie included), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 23:58 (two weeks ago) link

I saw the songs from this album live every night for the better part of a month and "lewis takes off his shirt" just fuckin killed me every time

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Thursday, 16 January 2020 00:29 (one week ago) link

Holy shit, she did slay it. That was awesome.

unashamed and trash (Unctious), Thursday, 16 January 2020 00:51 (one week ago) link

shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit

majority whip, majority nae nae (m bison), Thursday, 16 January 2020 03:45 (one week ago) link

i have always loved loved loved that Export Elsewhere

sean gramophone, Thursday, 16 January 2020 05:07 (one week ago) link

<3 that version of TGE (which I think I first heard on saidthegramophone!).

Roz, Thursday, 16 January 2020 10:00 (one week ago) link

Yeah it's superb.

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 16 January 2020 10:05 (one week ago) link

Love Shara's cover sooooo much

winters (josh), Thursday, 16 January 2020 21:56 (one week ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7WxTP3ger8

this performance <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

in twelve parts (lamonti), Friday, 17 January 2020 06:36 (one week ago) link

(I do use Tidal but I think it's bad luck to search for your own music on streaming services for some reason.)

this is a mood

k3vin k., Saturday, 18 January 2020 01:28 (one week ago) link

That performance in the rain is genuinely one of my favourite things on the internet.

kitchen person, Saturday, 18 January 2020 02:30 (one week ago) link


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