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Composed by GRAMMY Award-winning band Arcade Fire & their long-time collaborator and bandmate Owen Pallett, the score for Spike Jonze’s critically acclaimed 2013 film Her has never been released, until now. The film’s lush, piano-driven soundtrack received a nomination for “Best Original Score” at the 2014 Academy Awards and is regarded as one of the best film soundtracks of the past decade. Wistful, delicate and brimming with nostalgic warmth, the Her soundtrack is a stunning sonic companion to a story of modern love. Set in Los Angeles, in the near future, Her follows Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive and unique entity in its own right. Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet “Samantha,” a bright, female voice (Scarlett Johansson) who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny.

As her needs and desires grow, in tandem with his own, their friendship deepens into an eventual love for each other. From the singular perspective of filmmaker Spike Jonze, Her, which won the 2014 Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, is an original love story that explores the evolving nature—and the risks—of intimacy in the modern world. This 180-gram white vinyl release comes housed in package including 2-sided printed LP sleeve featuring a new liner note from Win Butler of Arcade Fire.

Oscar-nominated composer and songwriter Owen Pallett releases “Island”, an album of lush and shimmering orchestral textures, that explores the very essence of what it is to be alive. “Island”, the latest album from Oscar-nominated composer and songwriter Owen Pallett, released on Domino / Secret City Records (Canada). Almost entirely acoustic, Island begins with 13 darkened chords and was recorded live at Abbey Road Studios with the London Contemporary Orchestra. The introduction is the sound of waking up alone and on the shore of a strange land. What follows is a shimmering and luscious orchestral album that draws across the full breadth of Pallett’s discography, from ‘Heartland’’s Technicolor to the glittering, fingerpicked guitar that marked Pallett’s first records with their trio, Les Mouches.

Recorded live at Abbey Road Studios with the London Contemporary OrchestraPallett draws across the full breadth of his discography from Heartland’s Technicolor to the glittering, fingerpicked guitar that marked Owen’s first records with the trio, Les Mouches, he has produced an album of such celestial, lush orchestral beauty, that once lost you may wish to be never found.

Owen Pallett’s new album may be his best yet” The Quietus” A gorgeous, immersive listen” Clash 8/10

Owen Pallett – “Paragon of Order”, taken from the album ‘Island’, out now on Domino / Secret City.

Tomberlin’s new album “At Weddings” begins to leak into your ears, quietly at first and then seemingly growing louder as it takes root and shape and finds its way , that vocal, so weighted down with sentiment it feels ready to crack at any moment it reminds me somewhat of Marika Hackman, shifting the light and atmosphere in an instant, one of those moments of discovery that lingers for days, like it was meant just for you and nobody else.

‘At Weddings’ is released today, via Bandcamp; a seven-track mini album that features additional magic from that most fruitful of magicians himself, Owen Pallett, who mastered and produced the record and also appears on the quietly haunting centre-piece “Self-Help”. This record pertinently, defiantly, belongs to Sarah Tomberlin, however, and as it worms its way through the billowing darkness, her voice and vision grows even more significant, not just a soft power but a flood of poignancy that gets in to the cracks of those floorboards, that turns those coloured leaves even more autumnal, that takes over whatever empty space there was.

Opening track “Any Other Way” is an instant draw, a soft strum that gently broods in to life; “I got a book off the shelf today, it’s gonna tell me what I should say. I don’t know how to talk, when you’re looking that way”, Tomberlin sings with tangible desolation. Elsewhere, the stunning “Tornado” pushes her exquisite voice fully to the fore, a tender moment of balance underpinned by far-off undulations, and the closing “February” is perhaps the stand-out track here, a creeping moment of isolation that seems to drift in the ether long after its five-minutes have passed, joining those floating motes of dust, remembered, occasionally, when the sun lands in just the right spot to illuminate it all over again.

Personal and poignant, “At Weddings” is a remarkable collection of songs, the kind of quiet unraveling that seems to gather its strength from somewhere else entirely; a stark and stirring reminder of the true power of vulnerability and sensitivity.

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