Owl City's Adam Young Talks Sky Sailing and His New Video 'Brielle'

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Adam Young, aka Owl City, recently released a new album of songs called 'An Airplane Carried Me to Bed' under the name Sky Sailing (yep, another moniker). But while the project is completely different from Owl City, the first single, 'Brielle,' showcases the same melodic songwriting Adam's fans have grown to love.

'An Airplane Carried Me to Bed' was written and recorded nearly three years ago, way before Adam was hanging out with Taylor Swift. The songs spotlight the Minnesota native's acoustic folk talent and draw upon his dreamy sensibility.

'Brielle' was inspired by a true story, and is a perfect example of the starry-eyed vibe of the record. "Brielle is a little town on the coast of New Jersey," Adam tells JSYK exclusively. "I wrote the song after reading 'Shadow Divers' by Robert Kurson in which he recounts the discovery of a World War II German U-boat sixty miles off the U.S. coast in 1991. The song describes a sailor who is about to leave on a long trip and wonders whether he will ever see the girl he loves again."

The video for the single is fully animated, following the flight course of a paper airplane as a fairytale portrait of the song. "A friend of mine introduced me to the work of Te Wei, a Chinese animator and I really fell in love with his art," Adam adds. "I wanted to make a music video with a similar vibe that encompassed a very 'story'-based progression. The visuals parallel the lyrics from beginning to end."
Although Adam is happy to release his Sky Sailing album, he's also hard at work on a new Owl City record that could be released as early as this December. But fans don't necessarily have to choose between the two efforts. "If someone can listen to either project and forget where he/she is for a moment, drift off and become wrapped up in the imagery, my job is done," the singer-songwriter maintains. "There's no feeling more rewarding that when people tell me my music inspires them to dream and to imagine." 'An Airplane Carried Me to Bed' is available in stores and on iTunes now.

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