Artist: Owen Pallett
Album: In Conflict
Song: The Riverbed
For today’s song, the video is just as important as the song. A good music video either tells a story or just has the band members singing in the rain with exploding pianos and fish, like Faith No More’s “Epic.” This is one of the former. Owen Pallett is a guy who used to record under the name Final Fantasy, and this was one of my favorite tracks of 2014, by far.
The Riverbed is a bit harder than some of the earlier Pallett stuff I’d heard. The end result is super intense and super catchy. His uncle Jim Pallett was cast in this music video, as was Owen himself as a PUNKER. The crescendo is timed perfectly with the story in the coolest way possible. It never fails to make me want to punch people in the face. That’s the best compliment I can give to a song, honestly.
I encourage you to explore more of his back catalog for a slightly different vibe. It’s oftentimes mellower, but no less amazing. Anyone who can fill me with a desire to dance and fight at the same time gets my endorsement.