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Owen Pallett surprise-releases new album Island

22 May 2020, 12:23 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Owen Pallett has dropped his Island album as a surprise, six years on from his previous studio LP In Conflict.

Island is almost entirely acoustic, and was recorded live at Abbey Road Studios with the London Contemporary Orchestra.

Pallett has also shared a video for the lead single "A Bloody Morning", which was directed during the pandemic by Vincent René-Lortie and Brittney Canda.

He says of the visual, "Honestly, at first I wasn’t sold on the concept. I worried that the video would end up pornographing the quarantine, and I declined."

Pallett adds that after seeing a cut of the video, he "was floored. I couldn’t believe how cathartic it was to see the video, how perfectly it fit the song, and how meaningful and necessary it was for me to see it when I did."


  1. ---> (i)
  2. Transformer
  3. Paragon Of Order
  4. ---> (ii)
  5. The Sound of The Engines
  6. Perseverance Of The Saints
  7. Polar Vortex
  8. ---> (iii)
  9. A Bloody Morning
  10. Fire-Mare
  11. Lewis Gets Fucked Into Space
  12. ---> (iv)
  13. In Darkness
  14. Paragon Of Order (version)
  15. Fire-Mare (version)
Owen Pallett's Island album is out now on Domino / Secret City Records (Canada). A vinyl release is due to arrive later this year.
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