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
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.
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.
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.
Live at Firefly
Runtime: 1 hr 10 minThe British indie pop band Bastille knows how to throw a remarkable show as they take over the stage at the Firefly Music festival and perform some of their most notable tracks.
Guitar Center Sessions
Plain White T’s
Runtime: 56 minAn intimate concert and interview with pop rock band, Plain White T’s. Performances include “Hey there Delilah”, “1,2,3,4”, “Rhymth of Love”, and “Last Breath”. With host, Nic Harcourt.
Guitar Center Sessions
Runtime: 55 minAn intimate concert and interview with pop singer-songwriter, Colbie Caillat. Performances include Fallin' for You, I Do, Favorite Song, and Bubbly. With host, Nic Harcourt.