Minnesota's Adam Young is a study in contradictions. Citing musical inspiration from the likes of Boards of Canada, Prefuse 73 and Sigur Ros, the vegetarian insomniac also claims God, G-rated movies and optimism as real-world influences. Left unsaid in either list are both Postal Services -- the government agency that delivers mail, and the group featuring Ben Gibbard and Dntel. But the latter's lush, electronic emo is a definitive influence on Owl City's own brightly hued, shiver-inducing electro-pop ditties, while the former symbolizes Young's epistolary approach, with every song sounding like a page ripped from his journal and zipped cross-country to a lovelorn crush. On Owl City's debut EP, Of June, Young sang of floating in space in a set that referenced cruise ships, airplanes and nonstop modern motion, sounding at once thrilled with distance and nostalgic for a simpler, stay-at-home lifestyle. He came into his own style with Maybe I'm Dreaming, which found him fleshing out his delicate, catchy sound with acoustic guitars and more intricate songwriting. This is the sound of being young, in love and 110% alive.
Owl City Concert Films
Live from Los Angeles
Runtime: 1 hr 35 minOwl City is the creation of Adam Young, a Minnesota native who started making music at home and building up a fanbase via the internet before breaking worldwide with his global hit “Fireflies” in the summer of 2009, taken from his Top 10 album “Ocean Eyes”. The single went to No.1 in both the US and the UK and topped the charts in many other countries. “Live From Los Angeles” was filmed in high definition at Club Nokia on 21 July 2011 and is the first concert film release by the band. It includes tracks from their recent album “All Things Bright And Beautiful”, alongside songs from “Ocean Eyes” and the self-released debut album “Maybe I’m Dreaming”. Adam Young has developed from a shy musician operating out of his bedroom into a confident and dynamic live performer and this concert in front of a wildly enthusiastic young audience proves just how good he and his band can be.
Owl City Top Tracks
Live at Enmore Theatre in Sydney
Walk the Moon
Runtime: 41 minPlaying a short and sweet set that featured fan favorites like ‘Tightrope‘ and ‘Anna Sun‘, as well as a thumping tribute to Bowie (‘Let’s Dance’), Walk The Moon’s fast paced high energy show had their loyal followers whipped up into an absolute frenzy in no time. They performed at The Enmore Theatre, in Sydney, Australia, in 2013.
Everything In-Between: The Story Of Ellipse
Runtime: 1 hr 30 minGo behind the scenes and explore the three year journey of Imogen Heap’s making of the Grammy Award winning album, Ellipse. Travel the world with Imogen as she invites you into her writing and recording process and building her brand new recording studio in her old family home.
L'Orchestra Sinfonica e Coro Affinis Consort Sinfonia Pop
Runtime: 1 hr 34 minFilmed in the elegant surroundings of the 19th century Teatro Sociale in Como, Italy, this amazing show features MIKA performing all his best-loved songs accompanied by a full orchestra conducted by Simon Leclerc. The show is a perfect fusion of pop and orchestral and includes tracks from his most recent album, the critically acclaimed “No Place In Heaven,” alongside hits from across his hugely successful career. As ever, MIKA is a charming and amiable host and is clearly in his element interacting with the orchestra and conductor Simon Leclerc. This is a magical performance captured in beautiful surroundings and not to be missed.
Live At V Festival 2014
Runtime: 45 minV Festival has been held across two beautiful stately parks for one epic cross-country weekend of live music. V Festival takes place simultaneously at hylands park in Chelmsford and Weston Park in South Staffordshire, with world class artists taking to the stage at one venue.
Runtime: 12 minInternational superstar, James Blunt, joins PausePlay to talk to us about touring with Ed Sheeran, being the creepiest singer he knows, stalking our host, and of course his great new album, the AfterLove.
Anthem for a Dying Breed
Runtime: 2 hr 1 minA documentary that follows The Maine through the writing, recording, and struggles surrounding the release of Pioneer. The film also includes a 17 song live concert from Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Everything Will Change
The Postal Service
Runtime: 1 hr 26 minEverything Will Change is a feature-length documentary concert film of The Postal Service s performance at the Greek Theater in Berkeley, CA during their 2013 reunion tour. A collaboration between Benjamin Gibbard (of Death Cab for Cutie) and Jimmy Tamborello (from Dntel), with Rilo Kiley s Jenny Lewis, The Postal Service released Give Up, their one and only album, in 2003. That record went on to sell over a million copies and most of the band s fans never had the chance to see them perform live. In celebration of the 10-year anniversary of Give Up, the band reunited to tour the world. With never-before-seen live recordings, intimate interviews and backstage footage of the band, Everything Will Change captures one of the nights when everything did change.
Live at The Hangout Festival
Runtime: 1 hr 6 minCapital Cities performs live at The Hangout Music Fest in 2014. The show, in support of their debut album, In A Tidal Wave Of Mystery, features a performance of their global hit “Safe and Sound" and songs, “Farrah Fawcett Hair” and “Love Away.” The band's song "Safe and Sound" was #1 on the US Alternative Songs chart.
Front Row Center
Runtime: 55 minArmed simply with her dusky vocals and acoustic guitar, this episode highlights her homespun music. In this performance, Colbie Caillat sings her first hit single, “Bubbly,” as well as the love-stricken “Realize.” Caillat continues to impress with her sweet lyrics in “Fallin’ For You” and falls back in love when she performs “I Never Told You.”