Adam Young firmly believes that “Fireflies” — his hit single as Owl City that was No. 1 in 24 countries — was a fairly universal term around the world.
“Although I have met a person, I think it was in Texas, who actually thought that fireflies and/or lightning bugs were mythical creatures, like unicorns,” he chuckles. “So I had to actually persuade them that no, I grew up in Iowa, and they’re everywhere.”
How does he feel about the song’s success?
“I can’t even fathom it, honestly. But it’s great, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”
The “Fireflies” parent album, “Ocean Eyes,” naturally went platinum.
But can Owl City break the dreaded followup jinx?
That question will be answered May 17, when Young returns with “All Things Bright and Beautiful” on Universal Republic.
He recorded/produced the album at Sky Harbor Studios in tiny Owatonna, Minn., then wisely handed the mixing reins to pop mastermind Jack Joseph Puig.
The group will also hit San Francisco on July 19 at The Warfield, in a world tour that appears to go on ad infinitum.
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