23 August 2010

Keep the Dog Bookish

I've been keeping a pretty low profile around here these days, partly because I'm busy rewiring my brain for Finnish, partly because the glory of the Finnish summer itself argues against spending much time with the old laptop.

But I did want to stop by and register enthusiasm for Owen Pallett's extraordinary album Heartland, a dazzling chamber pop gem in the vein of Van Dyke Parks' 1968 Song Cycle or Simon Bookish's more recent masterpiece Everything/Everything. Indeed it is the Simon Bookish remix of "Keep the Dog Quiet" I want to draw attention to right now. Bookish and Pallett, both classically trained performers and composers with a flare for wicked and highly literate pop, are a natural fit for each other. One wonders if they'd collaborate well together on an album, or if each of their songwriting personae are too stubbornly eccentric to play well with others. All the same this remix is pretty thrilling.

Owen Pallett - Keep the Dog Quiet (Simon Bookish Remix)

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