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A talent for pulling your strings ...


Owen Pallett.

Owen Pallett.

Owen Pallett.

NOT many may know it, but most Irish people will have heard Owen Pallett's work.

The Canadian, a special guest of Fleet Foxes at the Marquee in Cork this Sunday has been the go-to-guy for string arrangements for the likes of Duran Duran, The National, Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys and the Pet Shop Boys.

He is also the man responsible for the orchestral and string arrangements for all three of Arcade Fire's albums.

For a legion of fans, however, Pallett is known for his own, award winning works. Setting out on his solo career under the pseudonym Final Fantasy Pallett's virtuoso live shows, in which he plays the violin through a loop pedal, has won a legion of admirers, including Fleet Foxes who invited him to play Cork.

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"I've come to the end of touring Heartland (his third and latest solo LP) and the Swedish Love Story EP and I was winding up a year and a half of touring by playing a few festivals in Europe that I wanted to play. Fleet Foxes asked me to support them on several dates, and while I didn't want to go out on the road again, some of the dates worked. I've wanted to play in Cork for a while now, I've played Dublin and places like Sligo but never Cork," Owen told The Corkman.

The upcoming hiatus from touring will allow Pallett to return to the studio, this time with a full band, which will join him which he sees as a progression of his latest album.

"It has been awesome, we have spent a month rehearsing and the next record will really revolve around being more rhythmically orientated. I think my last record had more of a rhythm without employing a drummer, which was done by pushing the tempo into the stratosphere."

Pallett dropped the Final Fantasy alias prior to the release of Heartland due to legal issues arising from the video games of the same name. Was the name change a major issue for him?

"Not really, but I suppose it was a problem symbolically. On a certain level I feel disingenuous as a songwriter because I speak from a sarcastic, satirical point. Final Fantasy was a pop project with lyrics including threats of what I'd do to people," he laughs.

"The name was an acknowledgement that the songs came from an unreliable narrator. But in reality it has changed little. At first it did hurt ticket sales, as people had no idea of the relationship between Owen Pallett and Final Fantasy. But people would still read good reviews and come along, so it wasn't a major issue," he said.

Owen Pallett appears as a special guest of Fleet Foxes at the Harmonic gig at the Marquee this Sunday, June 26. Tickets are on sale now priced €39.20

(including booking fee) from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.