Okay I admit that I am on record as saying that Final Fantasy's cd, He Poos Clouds, is weird. And I certainly don't take that back. It is bloody weird! But as Hilary has already posted, it was the winner of the inaugural Polaris Prize yesterday. And even though I probably would have personally ranked it at number 7 of the 10 nominees, I still applaud awarding this prize to this particular cd and this particular musician.
Final Fantasy (which is the one-man band that is Owen Pallett) had an initial idea for this cd which began with this list:
1. A set of songs that attempt to modernize each of the eight D&D schools of magic
(I admit that I know nothing about Dungeons and Dragons, so I couldn't say if he accomplished this)
2. Every song will be written for string quartet and voice
(yes that apppears to be happening)
3. Nobody who listens to it will ever again entertain thoughts of suicide
(I'm not so sure - a couple of songs made me feel like slitting my wrists initially, but they have grown on me)
And then he made the cd for $8,000.
I really have to admire Pallett's stated plans for the $20,000 prize. He wants to assist other, even more obscure, musicians in getting their music produced. Awww, he's so Canadian! He has got to be the most adorable son of two entomologists,video game-obsessed, violin-playing wee oddball you could encounter. Bless his funny little heart.
I spent quite a lot of time listening to He Poos Clouds today, and the odd beauty of it is starting to become apparent to me. Awarding the Polaris prize to this unusual effort is actually of particular importance in demonstrating that the concept behind this prize - awarding the best, not the best-seller - is being honoured. It is significant that an experimental work like He Poos Clouds can garner this prize, and it makes me hopeful for the future of Canadian indie music.
This is my favourite song so far - This Lamb Sells Condos (except I first read it as This Lamb Sells Condoms haha). What do you think of it?
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