Prince of positivity Owl City (Adam Young) is back on the synth-pop scene with his latest creation, The Midsummer Station, hoping to spread some much needed summer cheer.
Most known for Fireflies, Young keeps up the fire, light, bright, starry metaphors in this album, especially with songs like Shooting Star, Embers and Gold. All are pretty catchy in their own way, but seem to lack an immediate oomph factor that got my attention.
Surprisingly, Young's one take at a poignant, slightly melancholic number Silhouette, is possibly one of his best songs to date. Less of the thumping synth beats, with a slow-tempo and strong backing piano track, his distinctive almost-saccharine vocals lend the ballad an earnestness and vulnerability as he sings about not being able to move on from a painful memory.
Despite a veer from his standard formula of energetic positivity (because he is human after all), Young still proves to be adept at the infectious, up-tempo hooks and feel-good melodies, with single Good Time. Roping in the summer '12 princess Carly Rae Jepsen, you know that this track is effervescent enough to be hailed as a radio-friendly car jam.
On that note, it seems Young's fourth album has been very tightly produced, and is evident there is diversity, and he has since learnt to master injecting too much autotune and synthesization from his Ocean Eyes days, which is definitely a welcome. Pity the over-simplistic and repetitive lyrics.
Track Cuts: Silhouette, Good Time, Dementia, Shooting Star