He Poos Clouds

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Owen Pallett, the man behind the curtain of Toronto's aptly named Final Fantasy, describes He Poos Clouds as "an eight-song cycle about the eight schools of magic in Dungeons & Dragons." Deception when used correctly is one of the oldest and truest art forms, and Pallett should get an award for not producing either a wimpy and ironic whine-fest that utilizes childhood fantasies to dispel adult social anxieties or a sardonic lo-fi power metal record that pays "tribute" to the sword-wielding epics of Iron Maiden and Dio. Instead, the one-man classically trained Canadian string section -- think Andrew Bird and Patrick Wolf -- has created a gem of a baroque pop...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Owen Pallett, the man behind the curtain of Toronto's aptly named Final Fantasy, describes He Poos Clouds as "an eight-song cycle about the eight schools of magic in Dungeons & Dragons." Deception when used correctly is one of the oldest and truest art forms, and Pallett should get an award for not producing either a wimpy and ironic whine-fest that utilizes childhood fantasies to dispel adult social anxieties or a sardonic lo-fi power metal record that pays "tribute" to the sword-wielding epics of Iron Maiden and Dio. Instead, the one-man classically trained Canadian string section -- think Andrew Bird and Patrick Wolf -- has created a gem of a baroque pop record that manages to appeal to both the bespectacled hipster and the disgruntled orchestra student. Employing a measured croon caught somewhere between Scott Walker and Louis Philippe with a soft Donovan-esque vibrato, Pallett assumes the position of narrator on the opening track, an ornate snapshot of youthful longing that manages to balance lyrics like "she has a heart that will never melt" and "but the quarry don't share his taste for Anne McCaffery" with equal parts heartbreak and bravado -- he shares more than a little in common, both musically and lyrically, with the Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon. Alternately dissonant and willfully melodic, each track that follows carries with it the possibility of either a crushing sigh of defeat "I'm Afraid of Japan" or a violent outburst of passion the one-two punch of the lilting and rhythmic "Song Song Song" and ultra-dramatic/dynamic "Many Lives 49 MP", making He Pools Clouds far more dangerous than it is cloying and pretentious, despite all of its intentions otherwise.
Billboard - Joshua Klein
The disc has a distinctive power all its own, drawing you almost intimately close into Pallett's weird little world.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/13/2006
  • Label: Tomlab
  • UPC: 789397786925
  • Catalog Number: 69
  • Sales rank: 280,133

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Final Fantasy Primary Artist
Bob Wiseman Accordion
Loretto Reid Concertina
Lori Cullen Vocals
Owen Pallett Organ, Bass, Piano, Harpsichord, Viola, Vocals
Doug Tielli Trombone
Lex Vaughn Monologue
Jesse Foster Shouts
Leon Taheny Percussion
Technical Credits
Paul Hodge Engineer
George Graves Mastering
Owen Pallett Arranger, Composer
Leon Taheny Engineer
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