Canadian Owen Pallet is another strong arm in the Toronto music scene that has wooed and won the heart of American indie rock. As a contributor to The Arcade Fire, Pallet participated in the “Funeral” tour as both a violinist and an opening act. His solo project, “Final Fantasy,” opened the tour at times covering Mariah Carry, Joanna Newsome and even an Arcade Fire hit that the headliner would later play. Pallet’s new album, “He Poos Clouds,” is a cinematic experience, with strings and piano progressions; at times it is reminiscent of a chuckling “Peanut Christmas,” while other periods of melodramatic discord pull focus with trumpets and drums and big bellied cries. Pallet’s vocals adopt D&D ideology to examine belief systems and with tongue-in-cheek, he builds contemporary parallels, for instance how plastic surgery is transubstantiation. The violins are sickeningly sweet, expertly played, and contrasted by the clean vibrato of Pallet’s voice. (Caroline Picard)
July 1 at Lakeshore Theater.