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Final Fantasy Reveals Heartland’s Concept

Third LP is About a "farmer named Lewis...fictional world of Spectrum"

Sep 30, 2009 Bookmark and Share

Violin master Owen Pallett (aka Final Fantasy) has been busy touring the world and being the de facto house arranger for indie groups such as Arcade Fire, Beirut and Pet Shop Boys.

He's finally getting around to releasing his long-gestating third LP, Heartland. The 45-minute LP flutters to our doorstep on January 12th through his new label, Domino. It's the follow-up to 2006's Polaris Music Prize-winning He Poos Clouds. Alongside his flight of string-y fancy are cameos by The Czech Symphony, fellow arranging maven Nico Muhly, Gentleman Reg and Arcade Fire percussionist Jeremy Gara.

Discussing the release in a press missive, Pallett said, "The songs themselves form a narrative concerning a farmer named Lewis and the fictional world of Spectrum. The songs are one-sided dialogues with Lewis, a young, ultra-violent farmer, speaking to his creator."

 Several of the track titles below mention this "ultra-violent" man. Sounds like a fitting concept to follow up He Poos Cloud's loose references to The Chronicles of Narnia and role-playing games, Dungeons & Dragons and Final Fantasy.

The complete tracklist and updated tour dates below:


01 Midnight Directives
02 Keep the Dog Quiet

03 Mount Alpentine

04 Red Sun No. 5

05 Lewis Takes Action

06 The Great Elsewhere

07 Oh Heartland, Up Yours!

08 Lewis Takes Off His Shirt

09 Flare Gun

10 E Is for Estranged

11 Tryst With Mephistopheles

12 What Do You Think Will Happen Now?

Final Fantasy Tour:

09-30 Regina, Saskatchewan - The Exchange ^
10-01 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - Amigo's ^
10-02 Winnipeg, Manitoba - West End Cultural Centre ^
11-04 Grand Rapids, MI - Ladies Literary Club $
11-05 Chicago, IL - Metro $
11-06 Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon $
11-07 Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Centre $
11-10 Seattle, WA - Showbox $
11-11 Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom $
11-14 San Francisco, CA - Fillmore $
11-15 Los Angeles, CA - Henry Fonda Theater $
11-18 Austin, TX - Antones $
11-19 Dallas TX - Granada Theater $
11-20 Nashville TN - Mercy Lounge $
11-21 Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse $
11-23 Orlando, FL - The Social $
11-24 St. Augustine, FL - Café 11 $
11-27 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club $
11-28 Philadelphia, PA - Theater of Living Arts $
11-29 Boston MA - Wilbur Theatre $
12-01 New York, NY - Webster Hall $
12-02 Brooklyn, NY - Bell House $

^ with Timber Timbre
$ with The Mountain Goats



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