To recap, Owl City is an electronic music project Young began in his parents’ basement in Minnesota. It is one of multiple music projects, each of which have a different sound and appeal. Owl City’s previous albums include: “Ocean Eyes,” “All Things Bright and Beautiful” and “Maybe I’m Dreaming.”
“The Midsummer Station” is a spark of growth for Owl City, and is more cohesively upbeat than the past albums. What this means is that listeners aren’t bogged down by songs that feel too serious when they’re in the mood for something fun and move to.
And, boy, does Owl City produce danceable music. The single “Good Time,” a duet with Carly Rae Jepsen, is grin worthy. It’s easy to get sucked into the simple but well-defined beat and end up unconsciously head bobbing in time to it.
“Dreams and Disasters” is another appealing song that marries Young’s smooth vocals with the light but pronounced beats of the music. It’s a song that you can both move and relax to, like many of the others on this album. No matter your mood, it’s hard to dismiss, even as it blends in with the rest of the tracks.
One of the most electronic-based tracks on the album is “Speed of Love,” which sports synthesized vocals and decidedly unique sounds that could only come through a computer program.
It plays to the song’s advantage; instead of cheapening the overall sound, it pairs well with the lyrics, which utilize futuristic descriptions. The track, despite being heavily edited, has a well-constructed concept that makes it more fun than frustrating.
Mr. Young, keep up the good work. Owl City is a social media-born treasure.