In this week's edition of New Music Tuesday, ASCAP singer, songwriter, producer and founder of electro-pop project Owl City, Adam Young, tells us about his new album, The Midsummer Station, which was released today.
My new record is called The Midsummer Station.
I get asked all the time is what the title means. Like the name Owl City, I like to leave it open to interpretation. But for me, I like the imagery behind it. My mind wanders to a safe place in my head that I can retreat to when things get crazy. I’ve actually always wanted to name a record that specific title for years and with this collection of songs, it finally felt right.
On my past records, I really let my imagination run wild without any sort of focus, but I think this new record is definitely more accessible. Creatively, I think it’s bigger, deeper, more polished and more dynamic, simply because this time around, I spent a lot more time writing and rewriting and making endless changes. The product has essentially become pop music the way I’ve envisioned it, and I’m really excited about that.
With that said, I’ve held this project really close to heart, which is why it was scary letting others co-pilot. This is the first time I worked with a lot more songwriters, producers and collaborated with other artists, but I truly believe that artists should never repeat themselves, which is why I decided to try something new. I am so fortunate to have worked with such brilliant minds on the new record because they brought ideas that I would have never thought of. By not having 100% control, I cared a lot more about the song itself and wanting to perfect it as a song other than having my own way.
In the end, I really hope people find in a song or two off the new record their own “midsummer station,” a safe haven after a long day and a source of inspiration. That reaction is, to this day, the reason why I create new music.
The Midsummer Station is now available.
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