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Owl City vs. The Postal Service
Owl City vs. The Postal Service

By Daang Ciera

Luxury Goods recently posted a poll on a few of our favorite social networking sites posing the burning question: Owl City? Or The Postal Service? The debate has been an ongoing one since Owl City gained the much sought after spot on every teenage girls iPod with the song ‘Fireflies’, and we found out may or may not shock you. 60% of the people who responded to our poll liked The Postal Service over Owl City, and they were very animated about their preference. Even though their sounds are similar, The Postal Service won by a great deal of people. Is it their originality? Perhaps their lyrics? Or maybe it's because they were the first to create this type of musical swag. Regardless the fans have make it very clear who they like the most.

The Postal Service is from Seattle Washington and consists of two already legendary musicians: Jimmy Tamborello and Death Cabs for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard. They created a unique indie music sensation by using a heavy rotation of electronic instruments, and their already trademarked guitars, vocals, and personable lyrics. Some of their fans say, ”Their voices sound so good when they mend together,” and, “They’re more musically mature, not as kid like”.

On the flip-side Owl City is a one-man band named Adam Young. He writes his own lyrics, creates his own beats, and has launched a new sensation in music we like to call ‘the bedroom musician’. In 2007, while living in his parent’s basement in Owatonna, MN, he began recording his own music created by his collection of electronic gadgets that are essentially available to just about anyone out there with some money and creative inspiration. His fans love him because they say, “He’s a good live performer,” and, “His songs put you in a good mood!”

By sharing 40% of the votes Owl city is still working their way up, even though Adam has admitted to loosely copying The Postal Service (just do a Google search to read more and become part of the debate). Based on Owl City’s radio hit ‘Fireflies’ people would think they should’ve won, but the consensus seems to be we all have our own opinion.

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