Ottawa Bluesfest Days 6-7 feat. Feat. Final Fantasy, Randy Newman, and George Clinton
Heading into the heart of the festival, Christopher Cwynar hears words in defense of our country, swims through fantastic violin fantasies, and tries in vain to feel da funk.
Ottawa Bluesfest Days 6-7 feat. Feat. Final Fantasy, Randy Newman, and George ClintonCity: Ottawa, ON
Venue: LeBreton Flats
9 July 2007 After the White Stripes' blistering blues-rock set flattened things out on Sunday night, the audience was ready for something a little more subtle -- something nice and lazy to usher the fest into Monday. While blues legend Buddy Guy wailed away to a packed house at the River Stage, violinist Owen Pallett unleashed his magical Final Fantasy project on the curious and converted alike at the Black Sheep Stage. The Hidden Cameras member is a terrific solo songwriter whose beguiling creations drop autobiographical details and literary allusions over abstract, orchestral forms. Using his looping expertise to full effect, Pallet created a wall of violin parts that majestically swept over his graceful, intuitive vocals. Pallett's performance was enhanced by backdrop animations which lent extra edge to poignant versions of "The CN Tower Belongs to the Dead" and "That's When the Audience Died”. With the large crowd clamoring for an encore, Pallett returned to favor us with a unique version of Bloc Party's "This Modern Love". Pallett's stellar version stripped away the extraneous elements of the original (not to mention its hipster veneer), laying bare the vulnerability and pathos at the core of the song.
10 July 2007