[VIDEO] Owl City Releases Video for "Deer In The Headlights"


It looks like it is 1985 all over again when Owl City takes his DeLorean out for a spin in his fantastical new video for "Deer In The Headlights" that gives us all kinds of Back To The Future flashbacks.

While cruising his pimped out ride, the singer encounters a stack of cows, flying jellyfish, dinosaurs and, yes, a deer in the aisle of a highway gas station. Fortunately, the singer puts the DeLorean to work and fast forwards to the year 2015 to really surprise someone who responds like, well you guessed it, a deer in the headlights.

Adam Young tells Spin Magazine that "Deer In The Headlights" is one of his fave new tracks. "It's big and energetic — it's got a huge sound," Young says. "There's this vibe of almost it being like Blink-182, but with a couple of synth leads. It was a new frontier for me writing this song."

The hyper-melodic "Deer In The Headlights" is the second single taken from Owl City's new album "All Things Bright And Beautiful" that is filled with delicate synth pop gems with lyrics that showcase the singer's wild imagination. Watch the video for "Deer In The Headlights" after the break.

July 1, 2011 in Owl City | Permalink

Album Review: Owl City "All Things Bright And Beautiful"


"Reality is a lovely place, but I wouldn't want to live there," Owl City's Adam Young sings on his new album, clearly outlining the underlying escapist emotion that inspired the record. The aptly-titled "All Things Bright And Beautiful" is the much-anticipated follow up to 2009's "Ocean Eyes" that shot up the album charts after the massive global success of his hit single "Fireflies."

Deeply rooted in hyper-melodic synth pop, Young is a master at crafting pristine and feel-good pop gems. The singer, who is notoriously shy and famously talented, uses his music to paint a whimsical world of butterflies, angels, astronauts, bees and sunny skies that is loaded with an uplifting message of hope and imagination.

On "All Things Bright And Beautiful," this modern-day Christopher Cross challenged himself to divert a little from his signature synth pop sound by successfully exploring a few new sonic textures that may surprise some. Good examples are his gentle experimentations with hip hop on "Alligator Sky" (that features Los Angeles MC Shawn Christopher) and the Euro dance pop stylings of "The Yacht Club" that he recorded with Lights' singer Valerie Poxleitner.

But Owl City truly shines when delivering delicate and romantic pop tracks like "Galaxies," "Angels" and "Hospital Flowers" that should please the same crowd that embraced "Fireflies" in a such a big way.

Very personal is the song "January 28, 1986" that includes a sample of a memorial speech U.S. president Reagan delivered after the space shuttle Challenge disaster. Young was born in 1986 and he wrote the song to convey what it was like to be from the year that was marked by such a big national tragedy.

Regardless of his mild sonic experimentations, Young never strays too far from the sound that resonated with so many. "All Things Bright And Beautiful" delivers exactly the dreamy and joyous sunburst pop that his fans crave for. It may at times be formulaic to some, but endlessly imaginative to most.

Owl City "All Things Bright And Beautiful" will be available on June 14.

June 12, 2011 in Album Reviews, Owl City | Permalink