While he’s just finished “re-polishing” his old songs — the one’s he’ll release next month as Sky Sailing — Adam Young also has a whole batch of new songs in the hopper too that he’ll be releasing as Owl City, much to the delight of his rather fervent fanbase.
“At the moment, I’m working on new Owl City stuff, and between now and the beginning of August, the plan is to write and record the new album,” Young told MTV News last week. “It’s early, but the vision for this record is already sort of taking shape. … Basically, I want to take the best bits and moments that worked from the last record and make them more polished.”
That dude loves polishing, doesn’t he? Young said he also has “a flash drive full” of possible song and album titles, but right now, he’s less interested in specifics and more focused on cultivating the overall feeling of the record, which he says will be a bit of a departure from his breakout Ocean Eyes disc.
“This one, it’s a little shinier, not quite so organic. … It’s almost airbrushed, and there’s a variety of songs,” he said. “A bit dreamier, the melodies are a bit stronger and more powerful, and the lyrics are a bit wittier. It’s more of a complete piece [than Ocean Eyes], really.”
While Young could write and record the new Owl City disc — which he said is due in “early to mid-December” — practically anywhere, he’s not straying far from the formula he perfected on Ocean Eyes: The new OC album will still be a basement affair. The only difference is that, now, millions of folks will be waiting to hear what he comes up with. Then again, that’s not exactly a bad problem to have, and he knows it.
“It’s amazing to me that, now, people are interested in the music, so there’s a pressure, I guess. But, thanks to the success of the last one, I toured a lot, and I was basically playing the same songs every day for six months,” he said. “You hear things in songs you didn’t hear when you first recorded them, so now I know what direction I want to steer things in. There’s definitely a vision this time, and it’s exciting to have one of those.”