Owl City's Adam Young took a bold step forward on the new album by choosing to work with co-writers and outside producers for the first time. For example when it came to working on "Shooting Star", the first song released and one of the focus tracks on the album, he enlisted his friend Matt Thiessen (Relient K), Stargate (Rihanna, Wiz Khalifa) and Robopop (Maroon 5). And on "Gold", another focus track on the album, he enlisted the team of Josh Crosby, Nate Campany and Emily Wright (Dr. Luke's engineer).
In addition, Young is joined by two very exciting guests on the new album. On "Dementia", Young is joined by one of his heroes, blink-182's Mark Hoppus. The song documents some of the more psychotic thoughts and feelings Young dealt with in the wake of his Platinum® debut album Ocean Eyes and one of the more rock-inspired cuts on the new album. And on the album's first single, the incredibly infectious pop gem "Good Time" (written and produced by Adam Young, with Matthew Thiessen and Brian Lee as co-writers), Young is joined in a duet by "Call Me Maybe" star Carly Rae Jepsen (2007 Canadian Idol second runner-up).
By embracing the idea of working with others, Young was able to grow as an artist and producer and really explore new aspects of song writing and production. This openness was born out of several positive experiences collaborating with other artists including Paul van Dyk ("Eternity") and Armin van Buuren ("Youtopia"). The eleven songs on the new album reflect this growth while still retaining Young's synth-driven melodic pop sensibility.
Young can be heard on "Me Without You", the first single off TobyMac's upcoming release Eye On It.
The North American promo tour begins in Toronto on July 9th.
"It only makes sense that he's joined by Jepsen, the voice behind the undeniably catchy 'Call Me Maybe', for the album's infectious first single, a track that could become a radio staple for the rest of the summer."