Life Is Full of Possibilities
(Plug Research, 2001)
It is funny to think that “(This is) The Dream of Evan and Chan,” the collaboration between Dntl and Ben Gibbard which would in turn inspire the creation of The Postal Service, was the forbearer to what we now disdainfully know as Owl City. Obviously the formula has been tarnished, but Dntl’s original guest spot heavy electronic pop album is still a gorgeous document of the kind of music that can be created when well executed, glitch informed electronics meets up with indie pop vocal standards. Even with that kind of weight on its shoulder’s, Life Is Full of Possibilities is at its true best when the vocal spots are absent. For, as overly cutesy and emotionally transparent as its descendants have become, Life Is Full of Possibilities is surprisingly brooding and filled with sentiment.