Foggy Notions presents
+ THE HIDDEN CAMERAS
Sat 8th Apr 2023
Whelan’s Main Venue
Domino is pleased to announce expanded, remastered reissues of Owen Pallett’s early catalogue, including albums Has A Good Home (2005) and He Poos Clouds (2006), as well as two EPs Spectrum, 14th Century and Plays to Please (both 2008) combined into one 12″ full length release. These recordings have been remastered by João Carvalho at Revolution, and will be available on vinyl, and digitally as deluxe editions, with rare tracks, B-sides, music from compilations, and previously unreleased material.
Remastered versions of Has a Good Home and He Poos Clouds are available digitally now, and the EP’s, expanded catalogue and vinyl will be available everywhere February 24, 2023. Pre-order / pre-save here.
Watch the video for “The Butcher” from Spectrum, 14th Century, directed by Jesi the Elder. The song was recorded outdoors in rural Québec with the band Beirut in the same sessions as their album The Flying Club Cup.
Pallett has built a reputation on live virtuosity, as violinist for the many local Toronto bands (including The Hidden Cameras), followed by the wild looped-violin songwriting solo project. Has a Good Home serves as an introduction (and features many of Pallett’s best-known songs), and the follow-up He Poos Clouds is a string quartet album based on the Dungeons & Dragons School of Magic, and was awarded the inaugural Polaris Music Prize.
The first EP that followed, Spectrum, 14th Century, is a “prequel” to Pallett’s celebrated album Heartland, set in the same fictional world of Spectrum. Pallett: “When I realized Heartland was going to be a ‘fantasy’ album, I imagined that the Spectrum EP would serve as a map of the countryside, as one would find in the first pages of a fantasy novel.”
The second EP, Plays to Please, is Pallett’s tribute to Van Dyke Parks’ arrangement style, and is their first foray into full orchestral production. In the spirit of Nilsson Plays Newman, it is a collection of interpretations of the works of songwriter Alex Lukashevsky.
Pallett’s latest album Island (2020) has been described by NPR Music as a “celestial, cosmic opera.” Pallett’s orchestral arrangement and production work includes clients as diverse as Frank Ocean, Caribou, The Last Shadow Puppets, The National, The Mountain Goats, Christine and the Queens, R.E.M., Linkin Park, Sigur Rós, Superchunk, Taylor Swift, and Pet Shop Boys. Owen’s co-wrote the Academy Award-nominated score for Spike Jonze’s Her, and wrote the scores for Matt Wolf’s Spaceship Earth, Jerrod Carmichael’s On the Count of Three, Mary Nighy’s Alice, Darling, and Sølve Sundsbø’s Fourteen Actors Acting, for which Pallett received an Emmy award.
This spring, Owen Pallett and the Hidden Cameras will be co-headlining Europe to celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Hidden Cameras’ The Smell of Our Own. The Smell Of Our Own is a seminal document of Toronto’s early-2000s scene, which cross-pollinated between the arts, music, DIY and queer communities. Pallett was both a member of the band and a contributor to this album. “It felt like a party on stage, we were part of a big gay, fertile scene in Toronto. It was a celebratory time in our lives.”
THE HIDDEN CAMERAS
The Hidden Cameras is the brainchild of Joel Gibb, a Canadian Berlin-based artist and musician. In previous years Gibb has filled out the stage with a band of both classical and self-taught musicians. For the first time however, he brings his songs of The Hidden Cameras in an intimate solo setting.
Gibb will be performing folk songs and ballads but also Rock’n’Roll, seeing Gibb play guitar and a kick drum as a one-man band. Fellow Hidden Cameras alumni and co-headliner tour mate Owen Pallett will join him on much of the set. This will also be an opportunity for Gibb to debut some new electronic material he has been developing in Munich for a forthcoming Cameras record due in 2024.
At his roots a singer and songwriter, Gibb is a brilliant chameleon of music, experimenting in almost every genre and performance style, collaborating with artists like Feist and Rufus Wainwright (who both appeared on The Hidden Cameras’ most recent record HOME ON NATIVE LAND). With this performance, the audience will be treated to an intimate portrayal of Gibb’s illustrious collection of beautiful songs and interpretations.
€26.50 available online from Whelan’s.
– 50c per ticket service charge applies.
Strictly over 18′s, I.D. may be required.
AFTER THE GIG
Whelan’s Indie Club w/ Late Bar from 10:30pm or check out the bands playing The Midnight Hour in the upstairs venue – Free Entry via front door until 10:30pm | Drinks Promos