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Track of the Day: Owen Pallett – The Riverbed

Owen Pallett, Canadian composer and solo artist, has more to boast of his expressive musical repertoire than an…

Owen Pallett, Canadian composer and solo artist, has more to boast of his expressive musical repertoire than an Oscar nomination for Best Original Score following his work with Arcade Fire’s William Butler on Spike Jonze’s Her. His new single, ‘The Riverbed’ paves the way for an anticipated fourth full-length, In Conflict, which is out May 13th. 

The song, which features subtle musical touches by ambient mastermind, Brian Eno, introduces itself with the familiar orchestral tones that pervade both artists’ work – only then to douse them in a boiling solution of terse percussion and a rippling guitar hum. “The new work that you found, the gift of your depression weighs you down, down, down” laments Pallet with theatrical detachment through tenor vocals. The acceleration from quiet ambiance into the realm of the anxious indie-rock marks a difference in Pallett’s approach: vague artistic experimentation has given way to a more concrete emotional palette, and in this case one of strain, conflict and doubt. 

Check out the video for The Riverbed below: 

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