Owen Pallett | 28/02/14

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"The Riverbed" is the first full track released from Owen Pallett's new album, In Conflictand showcases a more brutal tone of songwriting from Pallett with a building arrangement that ratchets the tension in its frenetic build.  Appropriately, the accompanying video compliments the mood with its own dramatic struggle.  The Eva Michon-directed clip was filmed in Los Angeles and stars career actor Jim Pallett as the protagonist.  Owen himself also has a small role in the video as "Jerk #4.”  “Typical Hollywood bullshit,” Owen says, about having his supporting role cut down to a mere few frames. 

To compliment and contrast "The Riverbed," a lyric video for "On A Path" is also debuting today exclusively on T: The New York Times Magazine and includes a Q&A with Pallett on In Conflict and his Academy Award nomination, alongside Arcade Fire, for Best Original Score (Spike Jonze's Her).  Fingers crossed.


In Conflict is full of love songs— more specifically, songs about liminal states and our loved ones locked in battle with them.  “The record is meant to approach ‘insanity’ in a positive way,” Owen says— emphasis on the ironizing scare quotes around singular notions of insanity.  “Depression, addiction, gender trouble, and the creative state are presented as positive, loveable, empathetic ways of being.  Not preferable, per se, but all as equal, valid positions that we experience, which make us human.”  Watch the album trailer for In Conflict, featuring illuminating liner notes in an alpine landscape, HERE.

In Conflict will be available on May 12th on CD (WIGCD304), digitally (WIG304D), standard edition LP (WIGLP304) and on limited edition double LP (with 3 bonus tracks) (WIGLP304X) through Dom Mart. You may pre-order the album HERE.  “The Riverbed” is available today for early download for all pre-orders on Dom Mart as well as on iTunes.

Owen Pallett will be touring North America and Europe with his band throughout the month of May. Dates are as follows:

13/5                 Brooklyn, NY            Glasslands (with Doldrums)

14/5                 New York, NY           Bowery Ballroom (with Doldrums)

15/5                 Philadelphia, PA         Johnny Brenda's (with Doldrums)

17/5                 Boston, MA                Brighton Music Hall (with Doldrums)

21/5                 London, UK               Oval Space

23/5                 Paris, FR                     La Maroquinerie

25/5                 Berlin, DE                  Volksbhune

27/5                 Lisbon, PT                  Lux

"The Riverbed" 

Director • Eva Michon

Executive Producer • Jonathan Craven for the Uprising Creative 

Producer • Alley Curran for the Uprising Creative 

Cinematographer • Drew Bienemann

Editor • Aditya Nair


“On A Path"

Director • Steve Kado

Kerning Assistance and Font Guru • Colin Bergh