Mix one part Something Corporate, two parts synth
Over the last week or so I have been giving Owl City’s most recent record, Ocean Eyes, a proper listen. Yes, I realize that I am far from being on the bleeding edge of new music – but I have a job and responsibilities so what do you want?
I know that everyone and his monkey has already gone on and on about how much Adam Young’s style is like a less developed Postal Service. And I freely admit that the first time I heard Fireflies I thought for sure that The Postal Service had finally released a new album. I was in the mall at the time, so I immediately made my way to the nearest record store, only to be disappointed to discover that no one had heard anything of a new album.
But this afternoon, on my way home from work, I realized that I could hear another major influence – Something Corporate! Now the more I listen, the less I hear Ben Gibbard and the more I hear Andrew McMahon. Owl city is exactly what I would expect to hear if McMahon happened to be locked in a room with a synthesizer.
See what I mean?