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Published on May 20, 2014
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At 34, Pallett has proven capable of straddling the circles of classical and the avant garde, pop and indie rock with prodigious savvy. Pallett has arranged for Taylor Swift and Grizzly Bear; he's collaborated with the Toronto Symphony and The Czech FILMharmonic Orchestra; and he's the longtime composer and sometimes touring member of Arcade Fire, with whom he was recently nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score on Spike Jonze's film Her.
But it's in his solo work -- formerly under the RPG-referencing moniker Final Fantasy, and now in his own name -- that he's able to join these threads with sublime results. With his fourth album, In Conflict, Pallett has unveiled his most personal music yet. Equally euphoric and aching, these semi-autobiographical songs delve into love and empathy, fears and depression. The singular vision of a musician rising to new heights, In Conflict is a stirring and detailed masterwork, accessible and rewarding enough to leave melodies lingering in your ears well after the songs end.
Watch Owen Pallett perform a solo rendition of "Soldier's Rock" live in the Soundcheck studio.
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