Post by paintedmemory on Nov 15, 2010 16:55:28 GMT -5
So I'm doing a mini documentary for my high school video production class and i choose to do mine on Owen Pallett. I wanted to know how the fans first discovered his music and why they love it XOXO if you could reply that would be lovely
I am in love with songs that use awesome piano. Back in high school, one of my dearest friends told me about This Lamb Sells Condos and I fell in love with Owen. I still consider TLSC one of my favorites. And my love for Owen has only blossomed since that fateful day.
I don't give a shit about the bulk of it, still I keep it professional.
Me and a girl in my parallel class during some kind of "walk around in Stockholm looking at important places related to literature" started talking. Mostly about the clash but then I mentioned that I loved a The Flock cover "Tired of waiting" and the violin it uses in the intro. She like: "GAAAAH, I saw this coolest artist who calls himself Final Fantasy. He like loops his violin!"
The very same evening I checked his myspace and listened to "This is the dream of Emma & Cam" and downloaded "The CN tower belongs to the dead" and I was sold. Also, don't worry, I bought the records a couple of weeks later.
Someone on the Patrick Wolf forum said I should listen to the live version of The CN Tower - I can't remember in what context (and sadly, I can't remember who said it, because it was like 4 years ago). But I did, and it was the best thing ever.
Then I asked for He Poos Clouds and Has A Good Home for my fourteenth birthday, and my birthday came and I got them, and for several months they were just on repeat constantly. Owen has been my favourite musician ever since. And The CN Tower is still one of my favourite Owen songs, if not my absolute favourite.
Post by emilypoulain on Nov 16, 2010 18:25:10 GMT -5
in the summer of 2008 i was making a mixtape of canadian artists for my boyfriend who was going away to school so i stayed up all night one night and just looked through myspace and such for canadian music i hadn't heard of. of course i fell in love...
i downloaded everything owen i could find illegally (i've since bought EVERYTHING i can get my hands on, so no worries i hope) and every day as soon as i would get home i would just listen to it all through over and over.
also, this isn't really how i discovered him per se, but that same summer i went on a road trip with my dad and we went to this diner. well about an hour after the diner, back in the car, i started to feel like shit and i was listening it owen and just thinking "OH MY GOD. MY STOMACH IS GONNA BLOW UP. OWEN HELP ME." over and over. well, i still got sick, but owen helped me stay calm haha.
and props to me for being the friend of which dannyboy speaks.
In early 2009 I decided to see the Mountain Goats playing with Final Fantasy in November...I knew both vaguely, one by rumbles around me esp. by one Internet friend who I went with, and the other by a quip my Dad had sent me. In the beginning of September I started preparing for the show and listening to records over, over, over, over...and here I am today, far too many shows later and far too many words spent about the music.
Watch out! It seems as though it is about to rush into the darkness where you are sitting and reduce you to a mangled sack of skin, full of crumpled flesh and splintered bones, and destroy this hall and this building, so full of wine, women, music and vice, and transform it into fragments and into dust. But this, too, is merely a train of shadows.
Owen was in my recommendations on Last.fm. Aaaand I was on the Patrick Wolf forum and there's an OP thread there too. So I thought "he plays the violin, I should check out his music!". And one day when I was bored I just typed Final Fantasy on youtube (this was last year) and saw a video where he plays He Poos Clouds in an old building (i think it's They shoot music don't they) and I was litterally like this . I play the violin and to see him able to sing and play at the same time, and correctly, just amazed me. I am unable to do that haha XD (maybe I'm just a bad player hehe, no but seriously, I can't sing right, playing at the same time or not....). So I listened to other songs and just had to get my hands on an album...oh I also saw the Many Lives in Vienna video and I loved it too. I've been playing it ever since I got some sheet music on this forum. I tried to figure out the albums last year and got my violin teacher into Owen's music, and may have succeeded with some of his other students because we all covered Many Lives and This Lamb Sells Condos.
Ummm heard this is the dream of win and regine somewhere on one of my late night trawls of the internet, had the song stuck in my head for a good few months before somehow by extreme luck I happened across it again, downloaded all of the albums and live shows I could find then passed out (must have been 3-4am by that point) spent the whole of the next day listening to has a good home over and over again :3 Found the lyrics to each song sat down and listened to them while I read along, was astounded by the beauty of the music and the lyrics. Never looked back, life long obsession here we come
Yes I know, naughty naughty pirate, I have somewhat lax morals when it comes to musical artists and I resent paying for nonsense I listen to once, anything I care about enough to listen to more than once I will want to have a lossless copy of, therefore I buy CDs by the bucket load.
So I hope you can forgive me Owen for the initial theft, god knows how much I've spent on your music in the following 4-5 years, rather not think about it, but so worth it!
Let's just say 3 bloody copies of Has a good home later I still haven't got one with "the sea" on it, so no lossless file of that in my collection, sticks out like a sore thumb every god damn time with it's 179kbps variable bit rate >_> *glares* whore.
I was initially a huge fan (and still am) of Patrick Wolf. My I-tunes was flooded with Owen Pallett/Final Fantasy reccomendations and I noticed them, but for some reason ignored them. For months, I refused to click on them. Then, one wonderful day, I decided to finally click on his name. The first song I listened to was "Lewis Takes Off His Shirt". Needless to say, here I am. :] That day was possibly one of the best days of my life.
Sometime in 2006 one of my friends sent me a link to a YouTube video of "Many Lives -> 49MP." Listened to that and was like, "Holy crap, that's really good." I've liked Owen for a really long time, but it wasn't until I heard "Heartland" that I fully came to realize what an amazing genius he is.
Scene: Winter of '06/'07. Steve, having just experienced his first major breakup, occupies himself with books, writing, and music. His music library at the time is limited to video game soundtracks and obscure Japanese prog rock, but he feels the need to branch out some more. He begins to appreciate his ex-girlfriend's recommendations of The Decemberists and Sufjan Stevens. He delves further into this "indie" music. He discovers the Arcade Fire and the cathartic prowess of Funeral. He loves the strings on it, and a Wikipedia search reveals them to have been arranged by Owen Pallett. He reads that Owen Pallett has a solo project called Final Fantasy and an album called He Poos Clouds. He likes the connection to some of his favorite video game OSTs, and he cannot refuse to listen to an album with that name, so he downloads it. The first track gives him goosebumps. He listens to "This Lamb Sells Condos" on repeat for several days. He starts subconsciously tapping the rhythm of "Song Song Song" into his desk. He falls asleep to the final chords of "The Pooka Sings."
As much as I liked HPC, though, a very significant component of what solidified my love for Owen's music were the live bootlegs floating around. I was astounded by how well he translated the songs into completely different and wonderful entities for his live performances. I think that is an important reason why I kept returning to his music and why it never bored me. And all of the live covers kept introducing me to other excellent artists like Simon Bookish, Joanna Newsom, and Destroyer. And not to mention the fact that the new stuff Owen kept churning out was so damn good.