Farewell, Final Fantasy; Hi There, Owen Pallett
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Farewell, Final Fantasy; Hi There, Owen Pallett


Owen Pallett’s much-liked Final Fantasy project is going eponymous. Pallett released a statement this morning saying that “the laws of trademark infringement exist for good reason, and so I am voluntarily retiring my band name” in order “to definitively distinguish my music from Square/Enix’s games.” (You know, these.) The move is in time for the release of Heartland, the oft-pushed-back full-length follow-up to Pallett’s 2006 record, He Poos Clouds.
“I am no longer playing shows as Final Fantasy,” Pallett’s message continues. “Subsequent releases, including Heartland, will be issued under my own name, Owen Pallett. Prior releases will sometime soon be re-packaged and re-issued.”
His full statement, via The Music Magazine:

Friends,
I began playing solo violin shows in 2004. Although it was essentially a solo project, I named the band Final Fantasy, as the experience–and the tone of the material–was reminiscent of the hours and hours I had spent as an adolescent playing those epic JRPGs.
But the laws of trademark infringement exist for good reason, and so I am voluntarily retiring my band name. In the new year, my record Heartland is coming out, and it is my first to be released in many territories, including Japan. With this in mind, I feel it is in my own best interests to definitively distinguish my music from Square/Enix’s games.
So, I am no longer playing shows as Final Fantasy. Subsequent releases, including Heartland, will be issued under my own name, Owen Pallett. Prior releases will sometime soon be re-packaged and re-issued.
I thank Square/Enix their kindness and support, and I thank you all for your understanding.
Salud!
Owen Pallett

Now if you’ll excuse us, we need to re-alphabetize our music collection.
Hat tip to Chromewaves.

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