Whether he knows his ’80s Synth Pop or not, Owl City has struck a chord with everyone from Gen Xers to the tween set. Though Owl City is compared to contemporary groups like The Postal Service, echoes of Kraftwerk, New Order and OMD are evident, even if Young doesn’t know who the forefathers of Techno Pop are exactly.
Unlike much late-model electronic music, Owl City offers meaningful lyrics that sound good whether you’re grooving to them or just sitting back with the headphones on. Packed with hooks that stick like a piece of Velcro, each song is instantly infectious.
During live performances, Owl City has some assistance from friends who provide drums, piano, cello and violin to the stage show. Of course, when it comes down to it, being the sole official member has its advantages.
Opening for Owl City on its current tour is the lovely and talented Lights, whose birth name is Valerie Poxleitner. In a way, you could call her the female and/or Canadian version of Owl City. They play a sold out show at the Madison Theater.
Get show details and read P.F. Wilson's interview with both Owl City and Lights here.