Recently, a friend of mine hooked me up with Port Blue’s The Albatross EP and five other unreleased tracks. I was pretty excited to listen to all this stuff, seeing as I loved the first Port Blue release I heard. It’s called The Airship, and you should listen to it. It’s ambient music, the kind of stuff you’d hear in airports and hotel lobbies. Young mentions that on the Port Blue MySpace, which has been untouched since February of this year. That’s a shame.
Either way, I listened to the Port Blue stuff I recently acquired, and it’s not that I was disappointed, but it just wasn’t as good as I expected. Young still demonstrates his musicianship quite amply, but it feels like there’s something missing. It felt like it was ever so slowly drifting into an Owl City direction.
One of the slight slip-ups of the album may have been the lack of vocal samples. The Airship used a good number of vocal samples, and I really liked that about the album. It added a whole new dimension to it, helping it tell more of a story. I feel like those vocal samples, though, are something you either love or hate. So, if you didn’t like the vocal samples, The Albatross EP and the unreleased tracks will be a treat for you. If you’re a lover of the speaking parts, like I am, you may be slightly disappointed.
Seeing how Adam doesn’t really seem to be interested in Port Blue anymore, I’ll try to spread the music, just so everyone can see the dude’s more than just Owl City. He’s a musician.