Stephen Reader covers politics for It's a Free Country, WNYC's interactive politics site. He joined the station in 2010 and has also worked for Studio 360, WNYC's Peabody Award-winning show about art, culture, and creativity.
"Heartland" Gets Some Love
Thursday, July 08, 2010 - 09:19 AM
Dusted Magazine, a discerning online music publication, just put out their Mid-Year Roundup. It's their take on the top 10 albums of the year so far, and Heartland is among them. Pallett finds himself in excellent company: the list also includes new albums by post-punk architects The Fall and the late avant-guitarist Jack Rose.
The record has also been named a finalist for Canada's annual Polaris Music Prize, ranking Pallett with indie rock heavyweights Broken Social Scene and Tegan & Sara, among others. Again, not too shabby. We're rooting for Heartland to win over Pallett's homeland when the awards are announced this September.
Until then, here's Pallett performing a track from the album live in Studio 360 earlier this year:
Listen below to his conversation with Kurt, in which Pallett explains how he uses a violin and a loop pedal to mimic an entire orchestra when he plays live.
We've also got some bonus tracks that he played just for us.
Bottom line: If you haven't heard his music yet, you don't have any more excuses.