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Owl City, (one-man band Adam Young,) recently released an EP, titled Ultraviolet, on June 27th. It runs about 15 minutes, and has four songs, “Beautiful Times,” featuring Lindsey Stirling, (another artist I enjoy listening to,) “Up All Night,” “This Isn’t the End,” and “Wolf Bite.” I’ve listened to the EP a few times through, so let’s talk about it!
“Beautiful Times,” featuring Lindsey Stirling, is about a guy finding hope in the midst of his depression. It’s actually a great song, and probably my favorite one on the EP. The addition of Lindsey Stirling on her violin doesn’t hurt either. There’s a reference to a drug high, but it’s Owl City, so it’s more of a passing thing rather than the norm.
“Up All Night” is about the heartache and pain in the aftermath of a obviously heartbreaking breakup. This is probably the single heaviest (not overly depressing, just heavy,) track on the EP, without really any of the normal notes of hope found in Owl City’s music.
“This Isn’t the End” is about an eight year old girl dealing with her father’s… suicide. Yup, we just got a song about suicide from Owl City. Unlike other places you might look though, it’s not treated as a good thing, and actually, it’s treated as really pretty selfish. (Lyrics say things like “The role of a father, he never deserved/He abandoned his daughter and never returned.”) Toward the end of the song, Young says that eventually, the girl in question was able to forgive her dad and start healing emotionally. Aww. Even here, we have hope. Still, it’s probably the single most depressing track on the EP.
“Wolf Bite” is, at its core, about fear and anxiety. Definitely something we can all relate to. And despite the title, it’s not a big monster mash. I enjoyed this track a lot. Not as much as Beautiful Times, but it’s definitely a favorite.
Once you listen through the whole EP, you immediately realize that overall, it’s a bit darker than Owl City’s previously released albums and singles. However, you can still hear the hope in it. While I didn’t enjoy this EP as much as Owl City’s previous release, The Midsummer Station, (which was a full album,) it’s still a great EP. Adam Young is planning to release more EPs this year, and I’m definitely looking forward to them.
Overall, I’d recommend this EP for 11 and up due to the sheer emotional heaviness of the tracks. Normally, I’d say Owl City’s good for 8 and up, with The Midsummer Station being about 10 and up. Owl City’s staying innocent and really pretty fun, and I don’t see that ever changing, but it’s slowly edging up in emotional impact levels.