Tropes associated with Owen Pallett include:
- A God Am I: From "The Butcher":
And of doomsday, the end of the century
In accord with prophecy
Put all your fear, your fire, your family
Into the mouth of Final Fantasy
- Downer Ending: "The Pooka Sings".
- It's Popular, Now It Sucks: The song "This Is the Dream of Win & Regine" is about the cold reaction Arcade Fire got in their hometown of Montreal when they became famous.
- Lyrical Dissonance: "Lewis Takes Action" and "Tryst with Mephistopheles" are the two most violent songs in Heartland and at the same time two of the most upbeat ones. In contrast, "What Do You Think Will Happen Now?" describes a happy ending but has a very dreary melody.
- Non-Appearing Title: It's easier to count the songs that have an appearing title.
- Rage Against the Author / Rage Against the Heavens: The second half of Heartland.
- The moniker he began his career with is an obvious one. He doesn't consider any of the games in the series as one of his top 20 video games though.
- The title of "This Is the Dream of Win & Regine" alludes to Dntel and Ben Gibbard's "(This Is) The Dream of Evan and Chan" and includes the names of Owen's old colleagues from Arcade Fire.
- "He Poos Clouds" makes some references to Legend of Zelda games - Link's grandmother from The Wind Waker, the secret seashell side quest from Link's Awakening and Link's Shadow from The Adventure of Link. It also mentions the White Witch from The Chronicles of Narnia.
- "This Lamb Sells Condos" takes its title from the infamous ads of Toronto realtor Brad J. Lamb. It also names several fashion designers.
- "The Butcher" includes the line "All their bases belong to us".