Final Fantasy - He Poos Clouds
Final Fantasy mastermind Owen Pallett should be well known to indie fans. He's done work with The Arcade Fire, Jim Guthrie and The Hidden Cameras, amongst others. He's also contributed remixes for various bands, my personal favorite being his take on Stars' "Your Ex-Lover Is Dead". Owen is extremely accomplished as a violinist and composer, and he brings with him an altogether unique musical vision. He Poos Clouds is an example of classical music turned on it's ears; sucked through a vacuum of modernity, recycled through chamber-music filters and doused with a healthy amount of intricate twists and turns beyond the obvious.
The true beauty of He Poos Clouds lies in it's ability to hook the listener while at the same time leaving them scratching their heads. The bright and bouncy "Arctic Circle" segues into the album's most impacting number, which also happens to be it's title track. Final Fantasy is a tribute to the game series of the same name, and one can feel some similarity between these soundtrack-esque numbers and the soundtracks from some of those classic games. You'll be reminded of Owen's work with The Arcade Fire on "If I Were A Carp" and "Do You Love?", both dark in their atmosphere while remaining cheerful and warm in their tonality.
He Poos Clouds is such an unusual mashing of styles, and mutation of each style incorporated, that's it tough to pin down who exactly will enjoy this sort of thing. If you're familiar with Owen's work with other bands and have enjoyed it, you're probably going to love this. Whatever the case may be, I would suggest giving Final Fantasy a go. While this isn't necessarily the type of music I seek out or listen to regularly, I'm proud to have He Poos Clouds in my collection on account of Owen's chops as a musician and the novelty value of something so strange.
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on 2007-08-09 wingedzion Said:
I don't have this album yet, but I know the songs on it. It's a wonderful purchase, if you wish to own it. Song Song Song is my favorite song. It's amazing. Final Fantasy never fails to keep you entertained.