Hip artists like Lizzo, Poliça, and Hippo Campus get all the local love, but Owl City - that unlikely synth-pop megastar from Owatonna - remains Minnesota's biggest Top 40 export since ... dear god ... Semisonic? Did the Minnesota pop recession really span from 1998, the year Semisonic dropped "Closing Time," to 2009, when Owl City released "Fireflies"? ("Too Close" by Next arrived in 1997.) Readers: Get at me if that's not the case, but it's certainly looking to be.
Owl City's Reclusive Adam Young Opens Up
Anyway, the real-life Adam Young struck pop gold again in 2012 with the Carly Rae Jepsen-featuring single "Good Time," a song that's on par with "Everything Is Awesome" from The Lego Movie in terms of sociopolitical heft. And yesterday Owl City premiered "Verge," the lead single from his forthcoming fifth album, Mobile Orchestra, due July 10. The song (and especially the video, posted below) channels Vitamin C vibes in that it goes hard after sentimental grads. Dads, the other reason for the season, probably won't relate to the tune, which features guest vocals from R&B star Aloe Blacc.More »