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Owl City. Hate it, Love it, whatever.

Postby Ithinkabouttrees » Fri Jan 29, 2010 9:25 pm UTC

Hey Forum,

I recently joined, and wanted to get an opinion on a band that has made it big in the past few years. This band, if you haven’t already guessed, is Owl City.

Now before I get literally 9,000 comments saying “They are just a rip-off of The Postal Service BLAAARRRGG,” I want to get some honest opinions on their music.

I for one enjoy them to a degree. I don’t think its anything I have never heard before, and Fireflies gets played here in Atlanta every 5 minutes, but some songs are actually pretty good. My favorites are Hello Seattle, On the Wing, and The Saltwater Room. Adam Young also seems like he is a pretty happy guy, so his songs aren’t overly emo and depressing, and I like his use of synthesizers and guitar and the fact that he doesn’t overuse the drums or bass.

Again, it is not my favorite, but I wanted to know why you like it, hate it, love it, or if you are on the fence.
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Postby charliepanayi » Fri Jan 29, 2010 10:03 pm UTC

I don't think it's anything special, but neither is it especially awful. The vitriol that's appeared on forums etc over it is just bewildering, even with the arguments over the similarities to The Postal Service.
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Postby Buddha with a bra on » Fri Jan 29, 2010 11:03 pm UTC

Having never heard of this Postal Service lot, I will profess to liking that Owl City lark a fair amount.
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Postby Jar'O'Jam » Fri Jan 29, 2010 11:37 pm UTC

Saw a clip for Fireflies. Kudos to whoever directed it.
Is this basically what Owl City is about ? Sort-of-electronic pop ?
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Postby Ixtellor » Sat Jan 30, 2010 3:09 pm UTC

I read a cool article about Owlcity in the NYT's about how this persistant delivery man created his own opportunities... and he was the new poster child of how to have a music career in the itunes era...

Then I listened to several of his songs, and thought they were utter garbage.

I can think of no reason to listen to his stuff other than its trendy.
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Postby iglidante » Sat Jan 30, 2010 3:23 pm UTC

Kudos to him as an artist, for getting his music out there (and succeeding). All I've heard is Fireflies, and it literally makes me feel sick. I haven't listened to any of his other stuff because of that, but whatever he's doing, people like it. That can't be a bad thing.
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Postby brakos82 » Sat Jan 30, 2010 4:47 pm UTC

Ithinkabouttrees wrote:I for one enjoy them to a degree. I don’t think its anything I have never heard before, and Fireflies gets played here in Atlanta every 5 minutes, but some songs are actually pretty good. My favorites are Hello Seattle, On the Wing, and The Saltwater Room. Adam Young also seems like he is a pretty happy guy, so his songs aren’t overly emo and depressing, and I like his use of synthesizers and guitar and the fact that he doesn’t overuse the drums or bass.


Saltwater Room's playing on my otherwise country-packed playlist right now.
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Postby Kow » Sun Feb 07, 2010 11:54 pm UTC

Whoever said they're like The Postal Service must be tone deaf. About the only similarity is the fact that they use synthesized sounds. You wouldn't say Nirvana is like the Beatles because they both use guitars, would you?

This coming from someone who's an avid fan of TPS (well, all of Gibbard's stuff) and who doesn't mind Owl City.


I was pretty psyched to find out that Matt Theissan (from Relient K) helped produce the album and actually sang on Firefly.
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Postby lulzfish » Mon Feb 08, 2010 1:12 am UTC

I've never heard of Postal Service. The only Owl City song I've heard is "Fireflies", and it's really annoying. And also some other song that my friend thought I would like, but then I didn't.

So, I hate them, I guess.

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Postby Midnight » Mon Feb 08, 2010 5:53 am UTC

sounds like an autotuned version of ben gibbard with background music/beats much lamer than that of DNTEL.
like if the postal service went through a processing machine. few knows what go on in there, but once they come out, they just sound really.. canned and processed with music written by the guy who writes for hanna montana.
I don't like his lyrics, honestly. I looked up firefly's lyrics. They are lame and silly, and about insomnia, but instead saying things like
owl city wrote:'Cause I'd get a thousand hugs
From ten thousand lightning bugs
As they tried to teach me how to dance

A foxtrot above my head
A sock hop beneath my bed
A disco ball is just hanging by a thread

A thousand hugs from ten thousand bugs? REALLLY?

therefore: lame postal service ripoff bleargghghhhg

and to those that say "i dun hear da simliarities"... they do have similiar voices. with cryptic extended-metaphor lyrics, with synths over them. The difference is, DNTEL's synths are fuzzy and more interesting to listen to.



but honestly, if you haven't heard the postal service, give them a listen. if you don't like owl city and don't want anything that might remotely sound like owl city... still give the postal service a listen.
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Postby lulzfish » Mon Feb 08, 2010 4:43 pm UTC

Is it 1000 hugs each, or are 9000
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Postby Phoenix112358 » Tue Feb 09, 2010 12:21 pm UTC

Owl City is alright, but I don't see how it's so popular. I've got two of his albums and it's hard to distinguish between songs because they're all so similar it's not even funny.

There are some good ones in there, though, but it's not as good as the hype it's made out to be.

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Postby xemotaco » Wed Feb 10, 2010 10:26 pm UTC

I used to love Owl CIty. I really did. His lyrics are cute, it's pleasant to listen to, and it was refreshingly unique.

The only thing is that the songs all sound really similar, so hearing Fireflies (Which I never liked anyway) over and over and OVER made me sick of Owl City in general, not just the song.

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Postby Prefanity » Sat Feb 13, 2010 6:40 pm UTC

So, I'll admit that I had to go and listen to Fireflies a moment ago as I hadn't heard it--or any Owl City. Now that I have though, I'm sorry to say that I can't think of any other response than the one alluded to in the OP. But far be it for me to claim Adam Young tried to pilfer riches from the barrow of a Gibbard/Tamborello side project after hearing only one song. However I do think any fan of Owl City will love the shit out of The Postal Service.

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Postby Jesse » Tue Feb 16, 2010 9:03 pm UTC

I love Owl City, it's bright and synthy and unashamedly HAPPY with capital letters. I also listen to Postal Service and I'm not seeing the connection either. Owl City feels like it's got a closer connection to dance than to anything else.

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Postby biomatter » Wed Feb 17, 2010 2:54 am UTC

I really like Owl City. I'm not saying I listen to it constantly, but it's fun stuff now and then. What I really liked about his music was how his lyrics were mostly nonsensical, light-hearted, and fun. I do dislike people who call it out as utter garbage, though. Can't you just say something like, "To each their own"? I probably think some of the stuff you like is crap, but I would never come out and say it, because you probably hear it differently.
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Postby GhostWolfe » Wed Feb 17, 2010 6:09 am UTC

Midnight wrote:I don't like his lyrics, honestly. I looked up firefly's lyrics. They are lame and silly, and about insomnia.
Go to his MySpace page. He mentions that he writes his songs when he can't sleep.

I, for one, like his lyrics because they are lame. They are sweet and just... nice to listen to. Nice. I like his music because it's nice. Isn't that a horrible word? But his music is kinda like a happy place for me.

Owl City is one of my favourite guilty pleasures, and I'm seeing him live next month.

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Postby Midnight » Thu Feb 18, 2010 12:24 am UTC

I'm fine with nice lyrics. But if we're continuing the comparison between the postal service and owl city, I find Ben Gibbard's lyrics nicer.
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Postby Jesse » Fri Feb 19, 2010 12:48 am UTC

There is absolutely no reason at all for liking both, as far as I'm aware it isn't a competition.

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Postby Giant Speck » Fri Feb 19, 2010 10:26 am UTC

I often feel the same way about Owl City as I do about Katy Perry: their music annoys me; however, I cannot help but tap my feet when I listen to it.
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Postby icelizarrd » Fri Feb 19, 2010 11:06 am UTC

I rather like "Fireflies", really. It's a well crafted and well executed song, and I find its silly lyrics to be endearing rather than annoying. To me, overall it is charming in its guileless, light-hearted simplicity--or indeed, "cute", as someone put it earlier in this thread.

On the other hand, I haven't been subjected to hearing it a thousand times in different places, nor have I listened to any other Owl City music. (From a cursory hearing, I admit they did all sound very much like "Fireflies".) So I can't say yet how my tastes would be different in that case.

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Postby Midnight » Tue Feb 23, 2010 5:29 am UTC

of course it isn't a competition, but it is personal preference. I just think it's a little bit tooooo i dunno. Poppy, but I like pop well enough. Overproduced I guess is the best word for it, and a bit derivative. Whatevs.
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Postby tzvibish » Thu Feb 25, 2010 2:48 pm UTC

After hearing Fireflies on one radio station 3 times in 2 hours (no joke), I decided that as much as I hate it's very essence, it deserved a serious listen in a good listening environment. So I strapped on my Sennheiser HD280s and gave it a whirl.

And I hated myself for actually enjoying it somewhat. Ya, it's horribly over-produced, but for someone who obviously wants that aura, he does it very well. It's a very clean and polished song, and all the musical pieces fit well. So it's catchy and verrrry radio-friendly, and those are qualities that i don't like for reasons that aren't quite musical, but you can't deny that he knows what he's doing, and he's doing it well.
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Postby Essah » Mon Mar 08, 2010 12:30 am UTC

like owl city
yes his songs are a bit alike but then theres so many other good bands who's songs are alike... ACDC for example.

owl city's lyrics are cute.. no other words for it. they're pretty good and makes you happy. if you get tired of it leave it for a while and come back to it. its easy listening and very catchy.

gonna check out Postal service. liking this first song so far.

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Postby CHR1110 » Mon Mar 08, 2010 4:47 am UTC

Not a big fan of them myself, but I'll take them over rap or new-school country any day.
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Postby GhostWolfe » Wed Mar 17, 2010 1:53 pm UTC

I just got home from seeing Owl City live. Dude has a porn star mo, makes him look like a creepy teacher who leers at the 14 year old girls.

The music sounds completely different live, but it's still really mellow. Might almost pass for soft rock live.

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Postby TommyTumnus » Sat Mar 20, 2010 3:12 am UTC

I'm not a giant fan, but I'm still a pretty good fan. I probably like Postal Service better, even though I don't see too much similarity.

I never had to listen to Fireflies much on the radio (I'm usually tuned in to rock stations, since the stations here that would play Owl City also play a bunch of stuff I don't enjoy), and I don't think I'd want to. It's far from my favorite song of his. Vanilla Twilight is good, and is probably the most unique of his songs (I agree that a lot do sound similar).

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Postby genderideals » Tue Mar 23, 2010 2:55 pm UTC

I kept hearing their name, and I kept hearing how they're too mainstream or too overrated or whatever pretentious catchphrase people are spouting these days.
I happen to love The Postal Service/Death Cab For Cutie/Ben Gibbard, so I decided to listen to them.

I really don't think they're that similar, to be honest. All of the Owl City songs have some overpowering beat in the background that more reminds me of every DDR song ever. I'm not saying I don't like them, I just don't love them.

So, I'm in the third category. Whatever.

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Postby carlt » Wed Mar 24, 2010 2:04 pm UTC

I've listened to the last album by Owl City quite a bit lately actually. I really like it. The music is cheesy as hell (I'm a man, I have to be cool, right?) but it's very well crafted which caught my ear.

Had it not kept such a high production-standard throughout the album I might not have liked it particularly much (hence I don't really enjoy the previous albums) but hearing electro-pop produced well is a pure joy.

In a sense Owl City reminds me of Imogen Heap, although she is a better artist on every level. The similarity lies in the sound crafting and attention to detail. There's so much going on all the time but very little randomness. Every tiny sound has a purpose and I'm simply impressed by the craftsmanship.

Listening to Fireflies I don't get that nagging feeling that the music should have gone in a different direction. It's simply satisfying, thanks to a great production.
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Postby SkySailing » Fri Jun 18, 2010 3:58 pm UTC

I love Owl City and i can't wait for his new project called Sky Sailing!! Has anyone heard about it?!? Apparently it's all new songs just under a different name. I heard one song from it called Brielle and it's absolutely amazingggggg :D :D :D can't wait to get the whole cd.


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