The thing’s the strings: Owen PallettPlaylist: The man who plays Violin with Arcade Fire tells us about the five records hiding in his new solo album
Over the last 10 years, Owen Pallett has earned a reputation as the Paganini of pop. In 2004, he signed up to play violin for Arcade Fire and has written all the string arrangements for their music. Now, other musicians, including Robbie Williams and The National, let him give their songs the symphonic once-over. But Pallett’s solo work is closest to his own heart. His emotional and melodically complex indie pop songs sound like Brian Eno accompanying the young David Bowie on a Stradivarius. In January, the 34-year-old Canadian’s score for the Spike Jonze movie Her (feat. Arcade Fire) was nominated for an Oscar and out now is his fourth album, In Conflict. These songs inspired him while he was working on it.