Owl City - Maybe I'm Dreaming
Record Label: None
Release Date: March 18, 2008
Owl City is the solo project of a young Christian named Adam Young. Another product of the ever emerging electronic/indie scene, Young's project is a breath of fresh air for the scene as he takes a much more metaphorical stance towards his music. As Owl City, he has released one EP, 2007's Of June, and now a full length debut entitled Maybe I'm Dreaming. Additionally, Young has a post-rock venture called Port Blue, and a new side project, started with a close friend, called Swimming with Dolphins.
Maybe I'm Dreaming kicks off in dreamy fashion with "On the Wing" and "Rainbow Veins," two beautifully flowing efforts which carry the listener away into another world. It's this peaceful and soothing charm that makes Owl City so likable. Two of the best tracks on the album follow, each standing out in their own mellow style. "The Saltwater Room" resides in the mind with a glorious vocal harmony and a smooth, simple melody. Young's soft tone is exemplified throughout the album, and in a genre where so many concentrate too hard on auto-tuning their voices, Young's musical abilities shine throughout Maybe I'm Dreaming. The vocals complement the music's consistent base, and Young switches between the melancholy sound used repeatedly on Of June, and a new style with powerful, probing aural effects.
As previously stated, Young relies more than most on metaphorical lyrics, delving into the real world only occasionally when he talks about love and some similarly strong emotions. While this approach often works flawlessly, it can sound slightly forced and unnatural. This is particularly clear in "Early Birdie," which is probably the weakest song on Maybe I'm Dreaming. The rhyme between the words "home" and "alone" is overused, but as Young progresses and matures, this will surely be remedied.
It is distinctly obvious that Young has potential surpassed by few in his genre, and Maybe I'm Dreaming is an effective portrayal of how Young has progressed. The emotion is almost touchable, and the way Owl City picks you up, takes you on a journey of the sky and other surreal and abstract worlds, and then gently sets you down again, is amazing.
I was at a record store today and came across an Owl City album and on the front was a sticker with a quote from you. It says "The way Owl City picks you up, takes you on a journey of the sky and other surreal and abstract worlds, and then gently sets you down again, is amazing." - AbsolutePunk.net Not sure if you knew about that, I thought it was pretty awesome.