Sound Tracks: "The Great Elsewhere" by Owen Pallett
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Sound Tracks: “The Great Elsewhere” by Owen Pallett

Believe it or not, music videos still exist. Sound Tracks trolls the internet to find the best and the worst of local artists’ new singles and the good, bad, or otherwise noteworthy visuals that accompany them.

It’s been over a year since Owen Pallett’s own-name-reclaiming album, the sprawling Heartland was released, but a new video from it came out just this week. It’s probably going to be a little while before there’s more new music from Pallett (at least, in the form of his own album—you know he’s always up to something with someone, and may we add, it’s pretty much guaranteed something cool). He’s instead rehearsing with a band and will be overhauling his live show for more touring. So let’s revisit Heartland with the pretty new video for “The Great Elsewhere.”
Directed by Yuula Benivolski, who has done work with the Bruce Peninsula and Timber Timbre, and Geoffrey Pugen, “The Great Elsewhere” is more movie than music video. It’s a little chilling, thanks in large part to the grey, winter imagery. Multiple close-ups of Pallett are placed throughout the time-lapse-looking clip, and it’s when the song itself opens up, at around the 1:40 mark, with the machine-gun percussion that the pairing of song and imagery become the most engaging. It doesn’t relent until the song tapers off, but even then, some of the simplest and most stunning-looking footage of birds in flight over a frigid-looking body of water appear, to close the cinematic clip.

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