Final Fantasy.. No, not the game

3 July 2006 at 8:14 pm 1 comment

I was reading either CityBeat or CinWeekly last week, trying to find something interesting to do, and came across an interesting concert—solo performer, Final Fantasy.

Owen Pallett hails from Canada and has released two albums under his solo project, Final Fantasy. I’ve heard one of his songs on Sirius Satellite Radio, “The Dream of Win and Regine,” thought it sounded neat, and decided I would go see him live.

I had no idea how it would turn out.

It turned out great.

Final Fantasy is made up of one man playing a violin. Pallett will play a catchy melody by either plucking the strings or stroking the bow, record it with the use of pedals, play back the recording, perform another melody, record the two melodies together, and play live melodies overtop of the recorded ones that are now being played back… ad infinitum. Oh, and he sings, too.


All I can say is that it was the most beautiful and engaging concert I have ever been to. I have trouble calling it a concert, it was more of a performance—where everyone in the audience wouldn’t blink their eyes and couldn’t shut their jaws out of astonishment.

I do have one gripe, though. Owen Pallett’s choice of Final Fantasy for his project’s name is not something I can easily get around. I can’t stop thinking about the series of video games with the same title, and have trouble telling people that I “went to see Final Fantasy last night!”

It’s obvious why he chose the name—Pallett is a self-proclaimed geek. His recently released album, He Poos Clouds (which has a weird name, as well), is an “eight-song cycle about the eight schools of magic in Dungeons & Dragons.” Though many of his songs have local (Canadian) humor and jokes about geeky games, the lyrics and music are so incredibly well-composed that you don’t need to even know that a Level 43 Wizard does double the damage with a Staff of Misgivings.

Final Fantasy is just one of Owen Pallett’s projects, but I hope that he will continue releasing wonderful music under this awkward pseudonym.

Owen Pallett helped compose the string sections for The Arcade Fire’s Funeral, which gave him the inspiration for some of his earlier songs.

You can watch the music video for “The Dream of Win and Regine,” one of the songs inspired by The Arcade Fire, here (go to Video).

The Dream of Win and Regine

More Links
Pitchfork Feature Profile: Final Fantasy
Owen Pallett: Wikipedia


Entry filed under: Music.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. 5minutesalone  |  10 July 2006 at 1:43 am

    That sounds pretty cool. Whenever I’m in the right mood I can listen to the more “different” types of music. I’ll definitely check this guy out when I’m in that mood again.


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