The New York Times bucks their recent trend of bad headlines and entices us with a doosey: “The World’s Most Popular Gay Postmodern Harpsichord Nerd.” How can you not click on that, and so we did and now we’re glad to know of Canada’s Owen Pallet and his band/project Final Fantasy.
Owen turns conventional violin playing upside down by dissecting the elements and then imbuing them with lyrics of same-sex love and yes, wizard-and-sorcery references. Not much queeny angst here (he’s Canadian) and we hope we see a glimpse of the future of gay music. In his song “Furniture,” he sings”
“My father had a dozen wives/ And a child by every one/ And I am from about Number 5/ So don’t expect me to stay with anyone.”
We know we’ll never pry the crappy techno-music from your cold dead hands, but please, take a listen to Owen’s album “Final Fantasy Has a Good Home.” Or even better, catch a live show next time you’re in Toronto.