I hate to post yet another review of something, but creation is simply not on the plate right now. I promise something original soon.
In the meantime, I recently bought Owen Pallett’s latest album entitled Heartland. If you haven’t heard his music, check it out! He was previously performing under the name “Final Fantasy”, but has since decided to use his own name.
Heartland is a combination of orchestral sounds, synth, and his violin and voice. The result is spectacular. There is a lot of heart in this cd. The music is well mixed, well produced, and builds upon his previous work. I’ve never gotten to hear him live, but I’m told it’s great. The music here reminds me of 1980’s pop rock, with a heightened sense of taste. I get everything I love: the complex timbres of orchestral instruments, voice, and synth sounds to boot. The background sometimes also reminds of the odd tracks created by Mark Mothersbaugh for Wes Anderson’s films, as well as Jon Brion’s film scores.
I don’t have much more to say about it, other than do check out him and his music. (http://www.dominorecordco.com/artists/owen-pallett/) The new album is on iTunes as well (if you’re into that).