Adam Young is one busy guy. His second major release All Things Bright and Beautiful released not even a year ago, followed by massive touring buoyed by moderate success from singles like “Alligator Sky” and “Galaxies.” Then, a few weeks ago he announced the completion of a new record, allegedly with eurodance influences. Then, out of the blue the Shooting Star EP is announced, and now it’s out. What’s it like? Good! Very good.
There’s no doubt Owl City has more commercial appeal this time around. First single “Shooting Star” soars with that classic Owl City sensibility with a tad less cheesy citrus fruits and tropical beach vibes and more straight up radio pop vibes. Some turned off by the Nickelodeon-esque cheesiness of “Fireflies” might find this track easier to dig. “Gold” follows with a more mid-tempo, percussion driven vibe with a drawn out chorus. Some might find the “G-g-g-ooooold” effect annoying but I like it. Next is the previously-mentioned-on-the-blog “Dementia” with Mark Hoppus of Blink 182 which channels Mae a tad. I’m all for experimentation, but I hope the style of this track is a mere deviation from the norm, and not THE future norm. “Take it All Away” is probably the least catchy and most percussion driven, with an abundance of stomp-clap effects but it is still fun enough to quickly flow by, even on first listen.
This EP is just a ton of fun. But, that’s what people have come to expect from Owl City. He made synth-pop mainstream, and after All Things Bright and Beautiful didn’t have as much mainstream success it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Adam Young decided to work with a producer this time around. I’ll reserve judgment on whether he strays too far from his identity for when the LP releases, but for now I love this!