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In Con­flict Domino ★★★

Os­car-nom­i­nated com­poser, ar­ranger and violinist Owen Pal­let – whose mu­sic for Spike Jonze’s Her lost the Best Orig­i­nal Score gong to Grav­ity – might still be some­thing of an un­known quan­tity to most ears, but he re­mains an im­pres­sive and sin­gu­lar a mu­si­cian. In Con­flict bursts forth with ideas that, while plen­ti­ful and mul­ti­lay­ered, are con­tained within beau­ti­ful songs. Topics as se­ri­ous as de­pres­sion, the cre­ative state, ad­dic­tion and gen­der is­sues are ex­plored within sound­scapes all of their own. If there’s a prob­lem with the al­bum, it’s in the lyrics, which – vir­tu­ally to a song – come across as stream-of-con­scious­ness dog­gerel. Best then, per­haps, to fo­cus on the gor­geous mu­sic, which re­flects Pal­let’s bril­liant pre­vi­ous al­bums (2006’s He Poos Clouds, 2010’s Heart­land) and his col­lab­o­ra­tive work with the likes of Ar­cade Fire, Beirut and Griz­zly Bear. owen­pal­let­teter­nal.com

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