After years of promises, rumours and speculation Owen Pallett has released their long awaited album Island. It comes six years after their last album In Conflict, and is a continuation of the Lewis narrative from their 2010 album Heartland.
Pallett recorded the album with the London Contemporary Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios in London. The album is available now on all streaming platforms and you can watch the beautiful, quarantine-based video for Island‘s centrepiece, “A Bloody Morning”, created by Vincent René-Lortie and Brittney Canda below.
The video for “A Bloody Morning” was created by director Vincent René-Lortie and choreographer Brittney Canda, and features dancers ranging in age from 6 to 72. It was filmed with no physical contact, all shots being taken from outside their buildings. Pallett says:
“Honestly, at first I wasn’t sold on the concept. I worried that the video would end up pornographing the quarantine, and I declined.”
They were then persuaded to give it the green light, and after seeing a cut he says:
“I 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.”