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Yeah, this already has 21 million views and is from October 15, but Mike Posner is still awesome and the song still rules. The best part about Posner is that he does the vast majority of his synthesizer melody work himself. In the case of “Please Don’t Go,” the synthesizer work pretty much made the song. We respect that Posner has that talent with melody.

So many musicians are just proper vocalists who don’t even write their own lyrics, so it’s always refreshing to see artists who know how to play instruments, use sequencers, digitally process their own sounds, etc. It’s indisputable that vocals are half the battle in most pop music, but why wouldn’t a song be more “yours” if you were involved in every process of its creation. Jack Conte is a great example of this. So is Owl City, even if it’s probable that he gets a lot of outside input on his music now that he’s signed with Universal Republic Records. Group efforts can result in good music as well, of course, but we’re fans of the all-in-one musician (to a reasonable extent).

Here’s a repost of a Jack Conte song we love that’s a mash-up of Aphex Twin’s “Flim” and Bright Eyes’ “First Day Of My Life.”

Owl City is a lap-pop project of Adam Young. Owl City was created in early 2007 in Owatonna, Minnesota, and has released two albums, “Of June” and “Maybe I’m Dreaming.” Owl City has reached the Top Unsigned Artist position on Myspace by exceeding a total play count of 10 million. Young is currently working on two side projects, Swimming With Dolphins, and Port Blue (an “Ambient / Pop” genres project), similar to that of work from former Merck artist Helios, who is now signed to the indie label Type Records. The side projects of Young are certainly interesting, but not on the same level of his work under the Owl City moniker. Interesting ideas are certainly being addressed in all three of Young’s projects. All good things.

This track is how I first heard of Owl City, from his “Of June” record, and it’s still one of my favorites:

Here are a couple more Owl City tracks I enjoy, both from his “Maybe I’m Dreaming” release. As for the remainder of Young’s music, I think I find it a bit juvenile for my tastes, but that is also shown in quick observations made about the young age group of the majority of his Myspace fan-base.

“Hello Seattle:”

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Young has trouble sleeping, referencing sleeping pills in some of his lyrics. Further, the artist started producing his tracks at home in his bedroom. Quite impressive, wouldn’t you say?

Discography

Of June (August 29, 2007)
Maybe I’m Dreaming (March 18, 2008)

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As for his production style, there are lots of catchy synthy melodies and beats. He uses an autotuner DSP plug-in on his voice to give it that robotic sound, which is possibly overused seeing as it is in all of his tracks; however, it works really well in a few of them and his tracks tend to have a sort of relaxed, carefree and dreamy feel to them. However, it is known among experienced producers that using autotuning on every single vocal you record could show an inability to sing in proper pitch, the autotuner being used as a crutch to correct incorrect notes and mistakes in vocals. However, with over 13,000,000 song plays on Myspace, Owl City is certainly doing enough right to get the job done and make music that people enjoy. Today alone Owl City beat out Timbaland with Myspace plays: 131,000+ to 65,000+.

“On The Wing”

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“West Coast Friendship”

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“The Saltwater Room:”

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