Somewhere in the last year or so, Adam Young, who you may know by his gang name Owl City, tapped a certain Ms. Carly Rae Jepsen to collaborate on a song from his forthcoming record The Midsummer Station. It was either a really savvy marketing move, or the destruction of everything that was pure and beautiful about his music, depending on whether or not you’re a precious Owl City fan confused about the import of your favorite band. This was the guy who released that “Fireflies” song, right? Not exactly Bob Dylan in his prime, now was it?
Still, this being the internet, haters are going to hate, and lovers are going to hate too, actually. Either way, the song itself is a harmless slice of summer fun. It sounds like something you’d play during a shopping montage segment in a goofy summer rom-com aimed at teenagers. It’s like a postcard from someone trying to convince you their mediocre vacation was much better than it really was.
“We don’t even have to try, it’s always a good time,” they sing. Come to think of it, maybe there’s more irony and lyrical nuance involved here than we previously thought.