Owen Pallett → In Conflict
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In Conflict will be Owen Pallett's fourth album, planned for release in 2013. At least 18 songs have been written, and at least 8 of them can be performed live with Matt Smith on guitar and Rob Gordon on drums. (Before Final Fantasy, Owen used to be in a band with Matt and Rob called Les Mouches.) The album is being recorded with the Czech Philharmonic in Prague.
"It's always a battle for me. Like, should I adopt my style to something that's palatable to other people, like what I did for the last record... though actually, I'm doing the opposite for the next! This next record, I want to challenge people, like I want to turn them off. I kind of want to do something that's rooted less in generosity and more in a kind of anger."
"My band makes it such that it becomes more of a band record than my previous works."
"The next record will really revolve around being more rhythmically orientated. I think my last record had more of a rhythm without employing a drummer, which was done by pushing the tempo into the stratosphere."
"It is monoliths, it is discipline, it is repetition, it is anger. Do you remember in 2009 when Perez Hilton got punched and he started tweet-yelling 'VIOLENCE IS NOT THE ANSWER' etc.? He's right; violence is a question, repression is the answer. I have violent desires on the daily; my mom hit me once or twice, my dad a couple of times. Natural human urges: violence, the will to power, hatred, xenophobia. This music is the sound of white knuckles, of indignation, of repression; it is the sound of Masculine Instruments, it is maleness, with all its inferiority; it is the sound of the Canadian mindset."
"The new record will be fairly autobiographical, and that's new to me. I've never been particularly interested in writing songs that deal with myself and my life, mostly because I don't think I live a very interesting life… The new album will probably address the manic mind. I have struggled with some mental problems, and instead of being scared and instead of seeking professional help, I have let it become a source of inspiration. I have exploited myself in many ways. But even if it lyrically is something new, you will probably hear that it is me who created the music. The songs will probably not break out in salsa parts, to put it that way, but it will probably be both grandiose, dark and at times dissonant."
"I'm adding a lot of blue notes to the melodies now, lots of deliberately dissonant additions and subtractions. Lots of repetition and lots of repetition."