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Owen Pallett of Final Fantasy will be curating the Maximum Black Festival in London, Berlin and Vienna in February/March 2008 supported, strangely, by the Vienna Public Utilities company.
Vienna Public Utilties approached Final Fantasy in the hope of using their track “This is the song of Win & Regine” for their ad campaign. When Pallet turned them down, the company approached another band and asked them to record a similar song that ended up as a nearly identical cover, which the company then used.
Pallet used the threat of legal action to twist the company’s arm into backing his festival, Maximum Black.
FINAL FANTASY is the solo project of Owen Pallett ex Hidden Cameras member, violist / arranger for The Arcade Fire and guitarist and vocalist from Torontos Les Mouches who has won fans including David Bowie and U2. Tonight he continues to promote his new album ‘He Poos Clouds’, out now on Tom Lab.
Performing solo with only his violin and looping pedal, Owen builds up complex, wonderful songs, with catchy hooks and euphoric lush melodies that recall Rufus Wainwright, Philip Glass and in places Joanna Newsom and Devendra Banhart…
With guest musicians Pallet creates gems of baroque pop music and is currently working with Arctic Monkey’s Alex Turner on another solo project.
“The world’s most popular gay postmodern harpsichord nerd.” New York Times
“I saw him live and I was mesmerised. I was amazed by his voice and the sound of the whole thing” Kele Okereke; Bloc Party
DIRTY PROJECTORS, the music is many things at once: sophisticated and heartfelt, tender and aggressive, pleasing and miserly in its refusal to please, a mixture between soul, punk, pop, noise and complex rock. Dirty Projectors’ new offering, Rise Above, is a reimagining of Black’s Flag seminal 1981 record Damaged. It resounds with a kind of elegant simplicity: beautiful interlocking guitar parts, gorgeous three-part vocal harmonies, and some great songwriting.
SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE is the product of Ben Chasny and various recording and live collaborations, including work with drum legend Chris Corsano. Since 1997, Six Organs of Admittance has released on a variety of labels, and in 2005 Ben found a home at Drag City, releasing the landmark School of the Flower. The resultant perfect blend of melody, out-folk, minimalism and noise, earned critical applause and a place on best-of-the-year lists by magazines such as Mojo, Wire, and Magnet. 2006’s The Sun Awakens features some of the most feedback-drenched, dark, cult-chanting, completely beautiful music ever released by the band. Chasny has also played in the touring band of Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and plays guitar in the bands Current 93, Badgerlore, and Comets on Fire.
FROG EYES Carey Mercer’s voice channels a distorted Roxy Music, Neil Young and Thurston Moore over incredibly intuitive and connected music. The band assembled by Mercer both counterpoints and supplants in places, Melanie Campbell has developed a drumming style that challenges her husband’s voice as the primary mover and shaker. Michael Rak’s bass playing is steady and precise and it’s certain he’s studied the great Peter Hook. Spencer Krug’s keyboards are an unholy marvel, at once the flock of baroque birds chirping, and at other points the boom and groan of piano earthquake. Mccloud Zicmuse compliments Mercer’s guitar, looping melodic blips and squiggles over the cyclone thrash. Frightening and maybe a little frightened, defiantly soulful and impossibly bleak, a hundred thousand years old, a hundred thousand hailstorms, a hundred thousand old photographs, a hundred thousandth of a second from epiphany.
STEPHEN O’MALLEY & ALEXANDER TUCKER DUO
In an exclusive live collaboration, nomadic Sunn O))) guitarist and
avant-metal icon Stephen O’Malley will team up with London psychedelic folk
artist Alexander Tucker. The duo have previously worked together as part of
Stephen’s side project ‘Ginnungagap’, however this will be the first time
they have shared a stage. Expect transcendental instrumentation, sonic
euphoria and VOLUME.
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