As an appetizer, we’re premiering Owl City’s new song “Take It All Way” off the EP. It’s a slow-burning jam that features building chords atop a boom-clap beat, a sunny melody and Young’s soaring tenor on the chorus. Get your first listen of the track below!
UPDATE: Unfortunately, the listening period for “Take It All Away” has now ended. But you can purchase the song on iTunes beginning May 15.
For his new material, one-man band Owl City did something unusual for him: he turned to other writers and producers to collaborate with.
“Over the past several years become fascinated with trying to capture magic in a jar through simple, concise pop songs,” Young says. “I saw it as a great challenge to try to come up with catchy, unique, and memorable songs because it was a new method of songwriting I’d never approached before. I believe artists should never look back or repeat themselves and this was a new frontier for me.”
This new frontier involved working on his upcoming LP with Reliant K frontman Matt Thiessen, Grammy-winning producers Stargate and the team of Josh Crosby, Nate Campany, and Emily Wright.
“I made my first two records on my own without any outside help and learned that it’s easy to overthink what you do by allowing yourself to become too emotionally invested in what you’re doing,” Young says. “Initially, l was anxious about letting other people the solo endeavor l’d always played close to the chest, but it was exhilarating not having 100 percent control over what happened. In the end for me, it’s all about trying new things as an artist.”
As for “Take It All Away”, the song was co-produced by Adam and KoOol Kojack, and he co-wrote it with Allan P. Grigg, Nate Campany and Emily Wright. (You can also hear new song “Gold” over at Celebuzz).