Owen Pallett @ the Brown Theater 4.1.13
April 3rd, 2013 by Matt
I’m weirdly pleased to begin this review with an apology. Even though I’ve seen Owen Pallett live since he stopped touring as a solo performer, I still wasn’t 100% sold on his move toward a trio performance. His show on Monday was not only an incredible performance, but I’m pretty confident that it was the best show I’ve ever seen from him.
Even when backed up, Owen still loops his violin parts to create strong backing textures, only this time the songs are already thumping away from the first note. His songs still retain their high-brow approach to pop, but are made much more solid with drums and guitar backing. I hesitate to say it changes the whole feel of his show (since I already said it’s been improved by this addition), but I will say that if you’re thinking of skipping his current live show because you’ve already seen him solo, you’re completely wrong.
There was one exception to Owen’s new trio performance status: a blessedly beautiful new song that he played solo. He introduced the new tune by saying that he was going to play it for only the second time ever and that if he messed up, he’d like us not to boo. Then he realized he’s never really been booed before, so he asked us all to really quickly give him some boos so he could experience it. It was unneeded priming, though, because the song was amazing. He didn’t give us a name, but I’ll just blindly look forward to his next album, EP or whatever. (UPDATE: Owen says its working title is “Songs for Five and Six”)
I was expecting a good, solid show from Owen Pallett, but what I got was a level above anything I’d seen him do previously. I felt like a real dummy for thinking he’d plateaued as a performer, but for the time he was on stage in front of me I just felt lucky.
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