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''He Poos Clouds'' is the second album by the
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Owen Pallett Michael James Owen Pallett (born September 7, 1979) is a Canadian composer, violinist, keyboardist, and vocalist. Under their erstwhile moniker of Final Fantasy, Pallett won the 2006 Polaris Music Prize for the album ''He Poos Clouds''. Pallett ...

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, released on June 13, 2006, on Blocks Recording Club in Canada and Tomlab internationally. The songs on the album (excluding the fifth and tenth tracks) are loosely connected to the eight schools of magic in the
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'', and the title track's lyrics ostensibly refer to the
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''. Pallett has also said that the album is a reflection on how
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confront death. The track "This Lamb Sells Condos" refers to the
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real estate developer Brad J. Lamb, who had previously used the song's title phrase as an advertising slogan. In the song, Pallett imagines an argument between the developer and his wife that alludes heavily to various
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ers. The album cover art is by Robin Fry. The album was named the winner of the 2006 Polaris Music Prize on September 18, 2006.


Track listing

Eight songs are directly related to the eight schools of magic in ''Dungeons & Dragons'': the school of magic correlating to the song is in parentheses.Final Fantasy footnotes
at ''AMP Minizine'' #"The Arctic Circle" – 4:24 (Abjuration) #"He Poos Clouds" – 3:31 (Illusion) #"This Lamb Sells Condos" – 4:39 (Conjuration) #"If I Were a Carp" – 4:03 (Necromancy) #"→" – 0:57 #"I'm Afraid of Japan" – 3:56 (Enchantment) #"Song Song Song" – 4:31 (Evocation) #"Many Lives → 49 MP" – 2:56 (Divination) #"Do You Love?" – 3:03 (Transmutation) #"The Pooka Sings" – 5:25


Personnel

*Owen Pallett –
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, vocals *Bethany Bergman – first violin *John Marshman –
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*Karen Moffatt – viola *Ed Reifel –
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*Leon Taheny – percussion *Jenny Thompson – second violin *Doug Tielli –
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*Loretto Reid –
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(1) *Bob Wiseman –
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(9) *Lori Cullen – vocals (1, 3, 7, 10) *
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and Jenny Mecija – vocals (3, 7) * Lex Vaughn
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(3) *Aidan Koper, Jesse Foster, Tim Fagan – shouting (8) *


References

2006 albums Owen Pallett albums Polaris Music Prize-winning albums {{2000s-album-stub