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Listen: Owl City ft. Mark Hoppus, “Dementia”

Owl City and Mark Hoppus team up for this cool song, which can be found on Owl City’s latest album, “The Midsummer Station.”

Each time this song comes up on my iTunes, I find myself captivated. It showcases the talents and styles of both artists flawlessly- a real rarity among music collaborations that highlight one artist at the expense of another. The electronic undertone of all of Owl City’s songs completely meshes with Mark Hoppus’s distinct, brassy voice that we instantly recognize from Blink-182 and Angels & Airwaves. Hear the song after the page break and let us know what you think!

You’re probably already familiar with another collaboration on this album, “Good Time,” Owl City’s recording Carly Rae Jepsen. (Who am I kidding? There is no way you’re not already acquainted with this catchy tune.) Even though that song’s fun and infectious, it’s not exactly winning any literary prizes for the lyrics. I’m inclined to believe that the lyrics of “Dementia” are deeper and more profound than “Good Time” — but I can’t really explain what I think about them. (I will be explaining what I think about them later.) If you give this song a chance, you’ll find it equally as catchy as the Carly Rae song, without the bubblegum pop tweenage girls singing along. Take a listen, and hear for yourself:

So, do you know what they’re talking about? My only guess is that it’s not dementia in the traditional, medical sense. Through the suspenseful guitar builds, I hear traces of Angels & Airwaves (which I always thought of as a more grown up, thoughtful Blink 182). And I’m obsessed with the idea that we choose what to remember and forget, as hard as it may be. The difficulty is what drives you crazy.

About Kristine Hope Kowalski

Kristine is a writer from New Jersey. When not quoting Tolstoy or catching up on her Twitter feed, she can be found watching iCarly or perusing the clearance racks at Bloomingdales.

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