“If your household appliances wrote love songs while you were away on vacation, their cheerful blips and bleeps would pour out the windows, sweep through the neighborhood like candy-coated tidal waves, and you would return home to find crowds of people standing on your lawn, clapping and singing along to the happiest pop melodies imaginable. Welcome to Owl City.” from Owl City's myspace
Owl City continues to win followers all over the world. with trippy. poppy danceable tunes, but Owl City creator, Adam Young, hides behind his music, not going by his real name but going by the moniker Owl City. Young was searching more for a mood when coming up with a title for his sound, rather than something easily identifiable. He goes on to explain that most of the artists that catch his eye have something unique about their name, something that lingers. So one has to ask: how did this Owl City phenomenon begin? How does a young artist writing songs underneath his garage, acoustic foam and books everywhere, reach an audience of millions?
"I'm still trying to figure it out," Adam laughs. "Back in June of 2007 it kind of started on a whim. My parents were away for the weekend, and wanting to be loud and make some noise and whatever, I began writing versions of what became my first, self released digital EP - Of June. I put it up on MySpace the following month and didn't tell anyone."
Owl City's Of June reached the Top Unsigned Artist position on Myspace, having over 10 million total plays. Owl City then released the album Maybe I’m Dreaming in 2008. Of particular note was "Hello Seattle," a fabricated ode to the Emerald City whose viral popularity earned Young a record contract with Universal Republic. Ocean Eyes, Owl City's debut release for the label, arrived in July 2009, coinciding with Owl City's first national tour.
Owl City takes the keyboard-centric indie-pop aesthetic of the Postal Service, and glosses it with an emo-oriented, tween-friendly veneer. Owl City's trademark desire to escape in dreams, oceans and sky abound in Ocean Eyes songs such as "Cave In" and "Umbrella Beach." Owl City also continues to display a terrific wit uncommon in most electronic based music in such songs as the clap infused, bouncy "Dental Care" (a humorous metaphor on smiling) and "Fireflies."
Given the official compact disc treatment, previously released fan favorite "Hello Seattle" gives the great Northwest its' due with an ode to highlands, parking lots, Puget Sound and albatross. With glorious vocal harmonies ("The Saltwater Room") and touching odes to love lost ("Vanilla Twilight") Owl City has dug more deeply on Ocean Eyes lyrically and musically than ever.
Adam Young maintains two side projects, Swimming With Dolphins, and Port Blue.
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|Maybe I'm Dreaming||2008||Independent|
|Ocean Eyes||2009||Universal Republic Records|
|All Things Bright And Beautiful||2011||Universal Records|
|The Midsummer Station||2012||Universal Records|
|Shooting Star EP||2012||Universal Records|