Unfortunately, we can't offer you a free download of that track, but it can be had through legitimate means free of charge on Owl City's website if you're willing to offer your email address in exchange. Owl City isn't doing anything too dramatic by giving away a single. Remember Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails, and, most recently, Coldplay have given away entire albums, and Owl City has yet to record anything as substantial as those acts. Yet there is an interesting twist here. Owl City plans to release a series of singles leading up to the release of Ocean Eyes, his major label debut, which isn't due until September 1.Postal Service, you're not alone. Star Tribune columnist Chris Riemenschneider may have put it best when he wrote Owl City's "home recordings are a charming takeoff--OK, sometimes they sound like a blatant rip-off--of the Postal Service. But hey, Ben Gibbard is too busy these days with his pending marriage to Zooey Deschanel, so let somebody else make his brooding brand of poetic digi-pop."
Postal Service rip-off or not, there's a huge buzz on Owl City that seems to be gaining in volume. The act has two songs--"Owl City" and "Hello Seattle"--in the upper echelon of iTunes Electronic top songs list right alongside "Such Great Heights" by--you guessed it--the Postal Service. Take a listen to "Hello Seattle" from the 2008 EP Of June and let me know if you give a hoot about Owl City.Roman Candle have returned with a new album titled Oh Tall Tree In The Ear. I'm not exactly sure what that title means, but I have heard a pretty amusing track from the album called "Why Modern Radio Is A-OK." Rather than rattle on about the song, I suggest you give it a listen yourself and if you like it, right click and hit "save as" to add it to your digital music collection. If you really like it, seek out Oh Tall Tree In The Ear and let me know if you think Roman Candle is A-OK or a no-go.
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