Owen Pallett | 01/12/09

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As a sneak preview to the January 18th album, Heartland, you can now download a free mp3 of Lewis Takes Action here:

You will also be automatically entered into a competition to win 1 of 25, limited edition, signed, Lewis Takes Action 7” singles.

The third Final Fantasy full-length and the first for Domino, Heartland is the product of nine months of work in four countries. It is a fully orchestral record, designed to exist simultaneously as an album, a 45-minute piece of orchestral music and a set of songs for looped violin and voice.  

Final Fantasy will be performing at the Union Chapel in London on January 25th, with further dates for March 2010 to ne announced soon. Tickets are available from:

Owen Pallett explains Heartland:

"The songs themselves form a narrative concerning a farmer named Lewis and the fictional world of Spectrum.  The songs are one-sided dialogues with Lewis, a young, ultra-violent farmer, speaking to his creator. The album was compositionally modeled upon the principles of electronic music.  The principles of analog synthesis informing symphonic writing, like an inversion of a Tomita record.  These songs, too, were designed to be as dense with polyphony as the Final Fantasy live shows can become.  While writing it, I kept an image in my head of putting so many notes on the page that the paper turned black. This record encapsulates a whole year of work for me, and was difficult to see through, but I'm immensely proud of the results.  I hope you enjoy it."

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