This guy has become one of my favorite songwriters over the past couple of years. He put out a solo record this week that I was really excited about, and I didn’t love it. But then by about the third listen, I couldn’t put it down. Especially this song.
For the last decade, the songwriter and composer Owen Pallett has carved out a niche as a classical representative at home in the world of indie rock. He has written orchestral parts for bands like Arcade Fire and Mountain Goats and remixed Grizzly Bear. His score for Spike Jonze’s film Her, written with Arcade Fire’s Will Butler, was nominated for an Oscar.
Let’s all take a moment to appreciate Iceland’s contribution to the Eurovision Song Contest 2014, which made it all the way to the finals today. The guy in the purple suit is Óttarr Proppé, who is one of the members of the Icelandic Parliament representing the Bright Future Party.
If any country would roll into Eurovision covered in rainbows to sing a pop-punk children’s song about love and smiles and acceptance, it would be this one. You keep doing you, Iceland.