July 31, 2009
New Albums This Week: Owl City and Fabolous
Owl City- Ocean Eyes
This band sounds a lot like Death Cab for Cutie or The Postal Service (though I guess that’s almost redundant), which isn’t a bad thing. Surprisingly, the band consists of only one member, Adam Young. So far Owl City has released one single from the album, “Fireflies,” which features guest vocals from Matt Theissen, singer for the band Relient K.
The album is light and summery; there couldn’t have been a better release date. The single, “Fireflies,” is particularly good. When the album was digitally released on July 14, “Fireflies” was chosen as the Single of the Week on iTunes, thus causing the album to spike to #2 on iTunes (where it would peak), selling 18,000 copies in its first week. I think it was a smart choice as the first single: it’s Death Cab-esque (though not too much) but really unique too.
In fact I think Owl City is quickly making me a fan of “synthopop,” a combination of synthesizers and pop music. It is a subgenre of New Wave music influenced by bands of the 70s and 80s, but revamped. It’s strange and admirable to me that this guy, Adam Young, has taken it onto himself to become an entire band, alone. It’s actually amusing (I cracked a smile when I read the band’s bio).
If you like New Wave-type music, listen to Ocean Eyes!
Fabolous- Loso’s Way
For the most part, I would look pretty stupid driving down the street with my windows down, blasting Fabolous’s Loso’s Way. Just trust me on that one.
But as I sit here listening to the album I find myself wondering whether or not I would switch the radio station if I heard “Throw It In The Bag,” the first single off the album. I wouldn’t. Surprisingly, the same goes for the next two singles on the record, “My Time” (featuring Jeremih) and “Everything, Everyday, Everywhere” (featuring Keri Hilson).
The songs on Loso’s Way are surprisingly diverse, too. There is a combination of rap, R&B, and hip-hop on the album. It’s really impressive, to me, to listen to this genre and find that the songs do not all sound the same. It’s refreshing, actually.
Fabolous worked with other artists such as Jay-Z, The-Dream, Lil Wayne, Ryan Leslie, and Ne-Yo. He also released a remix of “Throw It In The Bag,” featuring the increasingly popular Drake. Check out the album today!
Posted by Shaane at 12:25 pm