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The guy is clearly a low rent Andrew Bird. Fail.
Two pretty good albums (and I love some of his lyrics), and away from Final Fantasy Owen Pallett has had a hand in some great records from the likes of Arcade Fire and The Hidden Cameras.
For the record I do prefer Andrew Bird, but I like Final Fantasy too is all.
And I've heard some really nice arrangements around songs that barely exist (whereas Bird sculpts great arrangements around indelible songs). I kinda feel like he's doing the whole process backwards.
What I find lacking is his songwriting.
Each album is consistently better than the last and the new songs seems to be his best yet.
And that's not even mentioning his covers, arrangements and live shows.
but there are those two eps as well, and kinda including the new one (whenever it's due out)
You may be on to something with this covers thing. Just looked him up on youtube, this Mariah Carey cover, pretty nice.
sound pretty different to me. I'm a fan of both of them.
and andrew bird is pretty bland a lot of the time
Final Fantasy > Andrew Bird, so much that it's not even a contest.
and say why you think that
The whole concept for He Poos Clouds with the different schools of d&d magic as metaphors for other stuff is really fantastic and its an album I've really wrapped myself up in a lot. His skill for arranging is leaps and bounds beyond Bird, especially evidenced in his covers which transform even the most shitty, boring songs into freakin' awesome ones. FF's also continuing to expand his sonic territory whereas Bird's stayed much in the same, safe realm throughout his career. Occasionally Bird comes out with astonishingly good songs, but I can never get through a whole album in one sitting cos there's so much bland americana folk indie rock on them. Also Bird's voice isn't as interesting (even if he's better on a technical standpoint). They're both pretty much equals as performers, and Bird edges him out in the whistling stakes, but overall gotta give it to Pallet.
I disagree on a lot of it but still found it interesting. I think Birds lyrics are head and shoulders above Pallets, in fact I think his lyrics are head and shoulders above pretty much most people out there. I also think Birds sound has changed since the Bowls of Fire days. His voice is far far better but I can see what you're saying about how it might not be as interesting as Pallets.
Like I said above whilst initially appearing similar they are very different artists and it's good to have them both out there making their fantastic music.
And I agree about the covers, he's clearly got a knack for that. I'm pretty into Bird's "bland americana folk indie" (I would just call it subtle, most of his stuff is very interestingly arranged [Armchair Apocrypha I would qualify as bland]), and in my opinion he's a far better lyricist. But hey, if it ain't your flava, than it ain't your flava.
i think with the lyrics a lot of the time andrew bird's just a bit too indecipherable. fell in love with anonanimal, and then looking up the lyrics was very disappointed. pallet's are really narrative (which is a pretty boring, ordinary device) but i think he does really well to make you care about the characters he talks about. plus his slightly imperfect voice makes some of the more emotional moments a bit more poignant.
andrew bird is still good though!
and it was pretty amazing. He finished his set by playing an encore in a tennis court carpark across the road from the church where he played. It's probably a bit unfair for me to decide now, but I'd definitely go with Pallet over Bird.
...but Owen Pallett is so charming! I am so glad that tonight's show spilled outside. After a super intimate encore set I forced a hug upon him, which I'm a little bit embarassed about. In a really smug way.
I don't really have anything explanatory or persuasive to say about the comparison. I guess I've never really connected with Andrew Bird's music in the same way as with FF.
i don't know who you are but I was at that gig as well and it was amazing.
they're both very talented songwriters and write indie-folk that is far from convential or middle-of-the-road. I can see why people find Bird's lyrics a bit detached but he has that uncanny knack of making songs that should by rights be a bit distant sound profoundly affecting. I think his voice has a lot to do with it.
As for Owen Pallett, he's still a bit of a rough diamond but his music is both hugely imaginative and utterly charming, and the stuff he played live at the Union Chapel show in May suggests that his new album should be his strongest yet.
Anyone would pale by comparison. Low Rent Andrew Bird = Actually a very talented songwriter and violinist. I think his music veers a little more to the classical and sometimes experimental side of things. Andrew Bird has been very accessible ever since 'Mysterious Production of Eggs'.
Plus, i'm going to see him tomorrow. Don't put me off plz.
not really investigated final fantasy much but seen him live twice and have been blown away