Musically, I’m a pretty easy guy to impress. There are multitudes of bands/artists that I enjoy listening to and there is a huge catalog of songs that I like. On the other hand, it’s not easy to make that impression last long. Back in late May, both Chris Sligh and my friend Brandon posted Twitter updates about Owl City, and they caught my attention. One listen to the track “Hello Seattle” on Owl City’s MySpace page and I was hooked, and that rare lasting impression had been made. For one, what I heard was unbelievably catchy. And another big plus? The lyrics are arguably the most clever of any artist out there today. They’re deep, light-hearted, spiritual, and random, all at the same time. It’s hard to categorize Owl City’s musical sound (for those not familiar, Owl City is a solo music project with just one member, Adam Young). Some call it pop. Others prefer electronic/new age. But in all reality, it’s a mash up of everything, which is what has made Adam Young’s project so unique, enjoyable, and popular (Owl City’s single “Fireflies is currently #2 on the overall iTunes song chart as I write this). A big upcoming winter tour with Deas Vail (who we’re all quite familiar with) and synth-pop singer Lights is sure to keep Owl City’s momentum going. And with production and guest vocals on multiple tracks from Relient K’s Matt Thiessen as an added bonus, Ocean Eyes is really an album you shouldn’t pass up.
~ Logan Leasure
Ocean Eyes (2009)
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Our synopsis: “One of the most profound records of the year, Ocean Eyes covers God, love, happiness, sadness, and everything else with some of the most unique sounds and lyrics imaginable. (Recommended by JfH’s Logan Leasure).” (Recommended by JFH’s Logan Leasure)
Perfect For: Thinking, reflection, fun
Song Highlights: “Fireflies,” Vanilla Twilight”
So, what are your thoughts on and experiences with the album Ocean Eyes? Do you recommend it? If so, why?