Owen Pallett Announces Early Catalogue Reissues
Domino records has announce expanded, remastered reissues of Owen Pallett’s early catalogue, including albums Has A Good Home (2005) and He Poos Clouds (2006), as well as two EPs Spectrum, 14th Century and Plays to Please (both 2008) combined into one 12” full-length release. These recordings have been remastered by João Carvalho at Revolution, and will be available on vinyl, and digitally as deluxe editions, with rare tracks, B-sides, music from compilations, and previously unreleased material.
This spring, Owen Pallett and the Hidden Cameras will be co-headlining Europe to celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Hidden Cameras’ The Smell of Our Own. Pallett was both a member of the band and a contributor to this album. “It felt like a party on stage, we were part of a big gay, fertile scene in Toronto. It was a celebratory time in our lives.”
The video for “The Butcher” from Spectrum, 14th Century, directed by Jesi the Elder. The song was recorded outdoors in rural Québec with the band Beirut in the same sessions as their album The Flying Club Cup.
Pallett has built a reputation on live virtuosity, as violinist for the many local Toronto bands (including The Hidden Cameras), followed by the wild looped-violin songwriting solo project. Has a Good Home serves as an introduction (and features many of Pallett’s best-known songs), and the follow-up He Poos Clouds is a string quartet album based on the Dungeons & Dragons School of Magic, and was awarded the inaugural Polaris Music Prize.
The first EP that followed, Spectrum, 14th Century, is a “prequel” to Pallett’s celebrated album Heartland, set in the same fictional world of Spectrum. Pallett: “When I realized Heartland was going to be a ‘fantasy’ album, I imagined that the Spectrum EP would serve as a map of the countryside, as one would find in the first pages of a fantasy novel.”
The second EP, Plays to Please, is Pallett’s tribute to Van Dyke Parks’ arrangement style, and is their first foray into full orchestral production. In the spirit of Nilsson Plays Newman, it is a collection of interpretations of the works of songwriter Alex Lukashevsky.
Pallett’s orchestral arrangement and production work includes clients as diverse as Frank Ocean, Caribou, The Last Shadow Puppets, The National, The Mountain Goats, Christine and the Queens, R.E.M., Linkin Park, Sigur Rós, Superchunk, Taylor Swift, and Pet Shop Boys. Owen co-wrote the Academy Award-nominated score for Spike Jonze’s Her, and wrote the scores for Matt Wolf’s Spaceship Earth, Jerrod Carmichael’s On the Count of Three, Mary Nighy’s Alice, Darling, and Sølve Sundsbø’s Fourteen Actors Acting, for which Pallett received an Emmy award.
Owen Pallett 2023 EU/UK Tour Dates
03/20 La Nau – Barcelona, Spain
03/21 Loco Club – Valencia, Spain
03/22 Teatro Eslava – Madrid, Spain
03/24 gnration – Braga, Portugal
03/25 Teatro Vitriato – Viseu, Portugal
03/28 Tremor Fest – Azores, Portugal
03/30 Culturgest – Lisbon, Portugal
03/31 Auditório de Espinho – Espinho, Portugal
04/03 Savoy Theatre – Helsinki, Finland
04/04 – Silent Green – Berlin, Germany
04/05 Kulturhuset – Stockholm, Sweden
04/08 Whelan’s – Dublin, Ireland
04/10 Earth Theatre – London, UK
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