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Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time Hyde Park

Future Islands and Owen Pallett - Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time Hyde Park - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 3rd July 2014

Future Islands and Owen Pallett
Future Islands, Owen Pallett and William Cashion
Future Islands and Owen Pallett
Future Islands and Owen Pallett
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Owen Pallett, A Swedish Love Story EP Review


There's an unresolved tension at the heart of A Swedish Love Story, the new EP by talented multi-instrumentalist and sometime Arcade Fire collaborator Owen Pallett. On the one hand, Pallett seems interested in writing songs with many of the hallmarks of conventional pop music. The four tracks on show here contain some memorable melodies, are composed from a few simple elements, and are for the most part unabashedly upbeat. Pallett is an indie kid at heart, though, and it shows. It shows in the title of the EP, which is named after an old Swedish film inspired by Czech new-wave cinema. It shows in the content of the lyrics, which address such well-worn pop cliches as, um, determinism and the possibility that all human actions are a result of external causes ('The future is a constant/In the world of free will'). It also shows in his employment of long, rambling song structures and rejection of verse/chorus/verse dynamics. The result of this is four slightly disappointing hybrids, pop songs disguised as indie songs and indie songs pretending to be pop songs, stripped of the best features of both.

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Owen Pallett, Heartland Album Review


Review of Owen Pallett's album Heartland released through Domino

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