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Owl City Embraces Pop On New Album “The Midsummer Station”

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(courtesy Universal Republic)

(courtesy Universal Republic)

He’s previously made his mark with unique metaphors and undecipherable story lines. For his new album Owl City’s Adam Young told CBS Local he took a different approach on his new album The Midsummer Station.

“It’s a bit of a departure from the records that I’m known to make in the past,” he said. “It’s a little bit bigger, it’s a little bit more polished, it’s a little bit more pop and dance-y.”

If the success of “Good Time” featuring Carly Rae Jepsen is any indication, Owl City fans have nothing to fear about his new technique.

“The sing along ability I think is a little bit stronger,” Adam confessed. “I think it will be easier for a big group of people to sing any given song off the record together versus one fan listening to each song and thinking, ‘Now what is he getting at here? What’s going on in this guy’s head because it’s kind of weird?'”

“The new record is less subjective in a way that’s harder to get behind. It’s a little bit more grounded in reality. It’s a little bit more accessible,” he said.

Adam said he wanted listeners to get swept away by the music and not have to take too much time to figure out what he’s saying.

“My instinct is always to go a little bit left of center lyrically and that’s something I never want to lose,” he said. “But my mind is always like, ‘There’s something weird about that but I like it.’ That could be hit or miss, that could be good or bad. You can risk going over people’s heads if you get too bizarre.”

Adam’s goal with The Midsummer Station was to make a record that was easy for people to get lost in.

“Hopefully it’s easier for them to listen to any given song and feel swept away by the music because the concept is right there. It’s in your face. It’s concise and you don’t have to be a scientist to figure out what I’m talking about at any given moment,” he said. “The metaphors aren’t so deep that you’re spending all your time trying to piece together an answer versus just enjoy the song. Just enjoy the music and let it do what it was designed to do.”

The Midsummer Station is out today.

-Annie Reuter, CBS Local

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