Owen Pallett Premieres The Animated Video For “The Sky Behind The Flag”

Impeccably crafted by Belgian illustrator Eno Swinnen.

April 15, 2015

Last year, composer, violinist, vocalist, and occasional Arcade Fire collaborator Owen Pallett put out In Conflict, the second full-length released under his real name. "The Sky Behind The Flag" video, premiering above, was directed and animated by Eno Swinnen and depicts an astronaut struggling to communicate with her lover through the abstracted depths of space. Swinnen beautifully combines a raw 3D animation with flashes of old-school rotoscoping techniques, while Pallett sings about the ever-growing disconnect.

"The song is about how great distance can exist between things that appear to be very close," Pallett told the FADER in an email. "Like two lovers, or two halves of a brain: the extrovert that is engaging with the world, and the introvert that is providing commentary." Catch Owen Pallett on tour this summer; dates down below.

Tour dates:

April 14th - Hamburg, DE @ Kampnagel (K2)
April 15th - Munster, DE @ AV Picknick Festival - Roter Saal
April 17th - Budapest, HU @ A38
April 19th - Kosice, SK @ Tabačka KulturFabrik
April 21st - Warsaw, PL @ Pardon To Tu
April 22nd - Warsaw, PL @ Pardon To Tu
April 24th - Tallinn, EE @ Jazzkaar Festival - Vaba Lava
April 25th - Colmar, FR @ Supersound Festival - Le Grillen
May 31st - Stratford-upon-Avon, UK @ Stratford Art House
June 1st - Coventry, UK @ Fargo Village
June 3rd - Cardiff, UK @ Portland House
June 6th - London, UK @ Field Day - Victoria Park
June 13th - Toronto, ON @ Bestival (Toronto Island)
June 14th - Calgary, AB @ Luke's Drug Mart
June 15th - Winnipeg @ Union Sound Hall
July 13th - Quebec City, QC @ Festival D'Été de Québec
July 18th - Ostrava, CZ @ Colours of Ostrava
July 23rd - Cartagena, SP @ La Mar de Músicas - Catedral Antigua
August 21st-22nd - Storkow, DE @ Musikfestival Alinea Lumr
September 5-6th - Essen, DE @ Ruhrtrienalle
September 10-12th - Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Music Festival

Lead Image: Brian Vu

Owen Pallett Premieres The Animated Video For “The Sky Behind The Flag”