Owl City Bugs Out Again With “Butterfly Wings”

Jan 27th, 2010 // 3 Comments

“Asleep in our warm cocoons, we dream of lovely things.” Oh, Owl City—such poetry. Adam Young croons these lines over typically Owl City-ish synth squiggles on “Butterfly Wings,” yet another ode to winged insects that is one of the six new tracks on the Ocean Eyes deluxe edition re-release. Meanwhile, can you believe someone with a song called “Butterfly Wings” ever shared a stage with pop rabble rouser Ke$ha?

Have a listen by flying below the jump!

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And, geez, Owl City is really soaring these days. After topping the Billboard Hot 100 last fall with “Fireflies,” the sensitive, geography-obsessed keyboard whiz took flight (okay, gotta stop that) across the pond and landed the single at the top of the U.K. chart this week, as well.

But for all those trying to swat Owl City away while crying “One hit wonder,” oh-ho-HO—may we remind you that Young was able to stretch the “Fireflies” cred far enough to land on the soundtrack to Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland?

At any rate, Adam seems to keep it all in perspective. “Some days you’re the bug, some days you’re the windshield,” he philosophically tweeted last week.

And on that note, we’re buzzing off.

  1. QQ

    Seriously? Enough is enough with the Postal Service comparison. TPS did not invent the genre and have you even ever actually sat down and listened to Owl City? The lyrics are more poetic and lighthearted than those of TPS. Yes, they have some similarities, get over it. And by the way, you aren't clever for tossing out that same TPS joke.

    Musicians do not live in a vacuum and they take a little bit of everything they hear into their music along with their own personal touch. Thats the way music is. To say Owl City is a rip off just because they both happen to be electronic, is absurd.

  2. sethgravy

    Are you kidding me? You won't hear the end of the TPS references because the two sound EXACTLY fucking alike. Have you ever sat down and listened to The Postal Service? If lyrics are the biggest difference you can think of, your argument doesn't hold much water.

    They don't just happen to be “electronic”. They both just “happen” to feature scattery, but intricate 505 beats, blippy bass and twinkly, sparkly bleeps that accompany them, and a vocalist who either is or could pass for Ben Gibbard. The bottom line is, you cannot tell me for one second that this band could have ever existed if your hero in Owl City had not heard the Postal Service first.

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