owl city: quality pop

November 8, 2009 § Leave a comment

In the first few seconds only the keyboard sounds that was so dominant and imposing in the song Fireflies of Owl City. The vocal and upbeat drums came a while later, followed by happy string arrangement after the chorus.

The video was fun, bright, and… extremely busy, with toys coming to life and moving. But the song is extremely smart and well arranged. It reminds me of the debut album of Keane, only much much better.

I like the fun touch as well. A song called “Dental Care” was confusingly pleasant:

“I’ve been to the dentist a thousand times so I know the drill
I smooth my hair, sit back in the chair
But somehow I still get the chills…

When hygienists leave on long vacations
That’s when dentists scream and lose their patience”

Vanilla Twilight on the other hand, is a serious ballad with the still honest poetic lyric:

“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”

I was busy enjoying the music when a friend told me that their music is “too electronic” for her. And I didn’t even realized… All I know was that I was listening to great music that always has some surprising twist and freshness no matter how many times I repeat them.

And the best thing is, it’s more than just the first single. All the songs are charming, optimistic, hopeful, lovely, and basically happy. I’ve never called any music as happy, but owl city has definitely earned that impression. Excellent music, brilliant lyric. It’s more than just pop, it’s quality pop.


-Review by multatuli.





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