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Owen Pallett


Fifth full-length and fist in six years from the Canadian violinist recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London

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  1. 10.0 |   No Ripcord

    He chose the title Island because these thirteen tracks build, like a landmass birthed by volcanism, to the inevitable climax of a single song
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  2. 8.7 |   Beats Per Minute

    Pallett reaffirms their status as a special brand of artist. With their compositional flair they can inspire you to bone up on music theory, whilst simultaneously, with a flash of their writerly pen, have the ability to break, rebuild and strengthen your heart
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  3. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Represents a tender, more melancholic chapter in Pallett's repertoire, but one that offers a refined perspective
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  4. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Island isn’t an album that provides any easy hits – it’s more of a record to luxuriate in and discover its charms gradually
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  5. 8.0 |   Clash

    This album is an entirely immersive wall of sound that deserves to be listened to time and time again
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  6. 8.0 |   Northern Transmission

    Pallett is using classical instrumentation not to push boundaries, but rather to express himself within them
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  7. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    The guitar work is hypnotic. The strings have a giddy vitality to them and Pallett’s vocals have never sounded better. Defiant with flourishes of hope
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  8. 7.7 |   Pitchfork

    With assistance from the London Contemporary Orchestra, the prolific Canadian composer’s arrangements propel dense, elliptical mythologies that unravel like fantasy novels
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