"Craft is what enables you to be successful
when you're not inspired." - Brian Eno
Uncut JULY 2014 - by Louis Pattison
OWEN PALLETT: IN CONFLICT
Orchestral pop prodigy virtuoso reinvents the love song
Composing video game soundtracks, scoring Spike Jonze movies, playing with the Arcade Fire: Ontario-born violinist Owen Pallett has spread his talents far and wide. His past solo work has tended to dwell in imagined realms - albeit, with real life poking through the cracks. In Conflict, though, feels starkly personal, wrestling with topics of love and human fallibility: I Am Not Afraid addresses body dysmorphia, childlessness and the appetites of the ex-addict. Musically, though, it's exquisite. Chorale and Song For Five And Six thread violin, piano and horns through a pensive simmer of electronics, and as a symbol of Pallett's good reputation, Brian Eno adds guitar and synth throughout.