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Boomkat Product Review:
Yet another thread to the fibrous being that is the Arcade Fire, Owen Pallett's gorgeous string arrangements helped mint the sound which saw the many-tentacled Canadian's rise to international fame; a talent he drew upon extensively for his first debut venture 'Has A Good Home'. Borrowing an appellation from his favoured video-game, Final Fantasy has extended his remit a little for new album 'He Poos Clouds' (what a title!) - taking the pop-etched strings of his debut and fermenting them with a whole load of high-pomp and more confident stature that hopefully extinguishes his "soggy appearance" (his own words!) in favour of a more distinct sound. Instilled with a triple diktat of intentions (including "nobody who listens to it will ever again entertain thoughts of suicide again"), Pallett has in no way scrimped on the production - bringing in a much fuller band to help buttress the central string quartet. Opening with the fraught 'Arctic Circle', Pallett introduces a sew-sawing set of strings that set the teeth on edge - atop of which he places tempestuous instrumentation that sounds a lot how you'd imagine a Lloyd Webber-penned conflict between Sparks and Bobby Conn to sound. Yikes. From here, the title track arrives with something approaching indie normality - albeit coated in a high-kicking predilection that borders on the histrionic without ever breaking a sweat. Similarly, the piano soaked swagger of 'This Lamb Sells Condos' (replete with Pallett's warring subconscious) and the backroom barracking of 'Many Lives ->49 MP' could readily have descended into mere novelty - but thanks to a bit of songwriting acumen Pallett has sidestepped this pitfall in favour of borderless whimsy. Although unlikely to appeal to everyone (but then what does?), Final Fantasy has made an album that takes the less concrete elements of his debut then rounds them off nicely for a much more satisfying LP. Game Over.