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Strawberry Avalanches, Saltwater Rooms, Vanilla Twilights and Fireflies – Of Owl City :)

There are songs for every mood.

Some song genres like Rock or Gothic can make some people feel energetic (though most times they never make sense to me). Then there is rap & hip-hop which is all about attitude & cursing and cussing anyone & everyone – African-Americans (referred as niggers in these songs)/world/life/girls (ALWAYS referred as bitches in these songs)/parents etc etc. Then there is country music which can be relaxing & easy going most times (depressing at other times) 😛

But then, once in a while, you encounter something as unique as Owl City 🙂

Now, don’t get me wrong here. I like “Bitch ain’t shit but hoes & trick” as much as any other song but lets face it, you cannot always listen to violent songs or catchy peppy tune pop songs. Once in a while, you want to just plug in your iPod, switch off the lights, lie down, close your eyes & listen to music that make you feel, well, in search of a better term, let’s call bliss. Here comes artists like Coldplay & Owl City (at least for me). What puzzles me is that although most people know Coldplay, very little is known about Owlcity. It may be because Owl City is very new compared to Coldplay.

{Before you ask – NO, they haven’t paid me to do their publicity, although I won’t mind some extra cash & hash :P}

Still From the music Video of Brielle

If you look up on Wiki, it would say “Owl City is an American Second Wave synthpop musical project by American Adam Young”. Boy, I had to look up what’s “Second Wave synthpop” !!! :P. So, in short Adam was suffering from Insomnia & decided to make music on his laptop in his parent’s basement at night. He started posting his music on MySpace & thus happened a record deal.

I think that one reason that I like the music of Adam Young is that I can relate with him (seriously :P). I know what its like to be up all alone at 4 AM in the morning, when the whole world is silent, when you can even hear the water drops & can hear music in it, a time of day when the world is at its best – serene, beautiful, blissful. Also, I know that if I ever make any music, it won’t be on a guitar/Synth but on a laptop 😛

What’s unique about Owl City’s music is the arrangement of songs, the extremely fascinating & soothing lyrics & the fact that they take you to an all together different world. By the way, my favorite of all his lyrics is from “Vanilla Twilight” –

The silence isn’t so bad
Till I look at my hands and feel sad
‘Cause the spaces between my fingers
Are right where yours fit perfectly

Also, Owl City appreciates and celebrates the beauty around us, something that we forget all the time. Tell me frankly, when was the last time you looked at the Sky and just stared at the stars or allowed yourself to get drenched in the rain like there is no pneumonia 😛

My point is that Owl City’s songs have the most unconventional names which make them even more mysterious. Just a look at the track listings from his most successful album “Ocean Eyes” tells the whole story –

The Bird and the Worm, The Saltwater Room, On The Wing, Vanilla Twilight, Tidal Wave, The Tip of The Iceberg, Meteor Shower, Fireflies, If My Heart Was a House etc.

In one interview that I saw, Adam said that he prefers instrumental songs because they don’t have any lyrics & you can interpret them in any way you like. One tune can be made happy, sad or dreamy depending on what is your interpretation of that tune. Now amidst the “bieberization” of music, when has anyone made such a profound statement.

Well my point is that if you have heard Owl City before, wait with me for more magical music (the latest I heard from him is To The Sky From upcoming Motion Picture “Legend of the Guardians”). If you have never heard it or just heard a few songs, then here are few recommendations of my favorite Owl City songs –

1. Fireflies

2. The Saltwater Room (Ft Breanne Duren) – A few words about Breanne. If you don’t know whats its like to fall in love with just few words of a female singer, do listen to this track 🙂

3. Vanilla Twilight

4. Brielle

5. Umbrella Beach

6. On The Wing

7. Hello Seattle

P.S. – A big thank you to Mr Ajay Pandey & Mr Mohit Dantre, two strangers who were good as to like my blogs & letting me know. Although this post is a more personal one, I hope I can ensure their revisits 🙂

P.P.S – No need to tell me its a mushy mushy post.

P.P.P.S – I forgot to mention, do watch the Owl City videos – they are equally amazing. If only I could have a room like the one in Fireflies video 🙂

Till Next Post 🙂

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2010 in Music, Personal, Songs

 

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