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Owl City – The Midsummer Station

Natalie Jones


Owl City is fresh from the imagination of American singer songwriter Adam Young. Formed in his parents’ bedroom whilst experimenting with music, Owl City gained a following on social network sites like Myspace before He signed to universal republic in 2008. After two independent releases he gained mainstream popularity with his album Ocean Eyes, featuring the quadruple-platinum single Fireflies in 2010. There are frequently comparisons of Owl City to Postal Service, which is completely justifiable given that there electro synthetic pop has captured the heart of teens and young adults all over the world. So what can you expect with the release of Owl City’s Fourth studio album?

The Midsummer Station is the first album on which Adam Young has teamed up with different Songwriters and producers, claiming that ‘he’s a perfectionist and it scares him to work with others’.  Still, if Owl City haven’t won you over before, I don’t think this album will change that. It’s a lot more mainstream than his other albums, and with that it’s lost a little bit of the spark Owl City originally had, none the less his collaborations with Carly Rae Jepson and Mark Hoppus (Blink 182) are a breath of fresh air.

Dreams and Disasters is a high energy dance song featuring Owl City’s usual light hearted lyrics which is perfect for the opening track. Following Carly’s success with Call me Maybe she teamed up with Adam for the feel good song Good Time possibly a hitting the mark as a summer anthem, this song is about spending time with friends anywhere because without trying it’s always a good time! Meanwhile, Dementia featuring Mark Hoppus is one of my favourites; It plays like a Blink 182 song with the spirit of Owl City which shows Hoppus had a lot of influence during this song. Elsewhere, Gold is an uplifting song which I believe is Adam’s way of telling somebody who is insecure about themselves how great they really are.

Whilst the album is mainly what Adam Young is famed for; light hearted lyrics and upbeat backing tracks Silhouette features a raw piano track and heartfelt bedroom confessional lyrics. Meanwhile, it’s Embers which will find itself on repeat as the upbeat well thought lyrics are what Owl City does best. As the album closes with Metropolis and Take It All Away although being upbeat they’re a lot slower than most of the tracks, marking a perfect ending to the album.