Adam Young, the mastermind behind Owl City, says he's only "knee-deep" -- five or six songs -- into his sophomore set, but already has some idea of who may be on it: namely, Taylor Swift.
In an interview with HitFix, Young said he has a track in mind for the county-pop superstar to sing on.
"I have talked to her. She's so busy, but she said if there’s time, she said it’d be lot of fun," Young explains. "There’s this weird hybrid country song I'm working on. There's no title 'cause I haven't made any lyrics yet. But that would be the one."
The pairing isn't firm, though Owl City's management said there's definitely "talking among themselves" for a collaboration. A rep for Swift said the singer is on the road and unavailable for comment.
On its face, the idea wasn't inconceivable to begin with. Swift has been known to Tweet to her pal, and even showed up in the VIP section of his show in New York last year. And Young has said that her "Love Story" is the best love song he's known (and, no, the two have never dated).
Young also has John Mayer on his collaborator wish-list for the follow-up to his 2009 debut "Ocean Eyes," a possibility he hopes to present to the veteran songwriter as they tour together this fall. Coincidentally, Swift and Mayer are close friends as well.
But writing a new album and prepping for that cross-country stint isn't all that's on Adam Young's plate at the moment. There's another release and another high-profile tour to attend to.
Young just released a new set "An Airplane Carried Me to Bed" under the moniker Sky Sailing on Tuesday (July 13). It's a collection of songs written before Young's Owl City project, with emphasis on acoustic instruments rather than synthesizers and keyboards. It's still undeniably Young's voice, but he wanted his two releases to be heard as totally separate projects.
"These came from two different eras," Young says. Sky Sailing's 12 tracks were written three-and-a-half years ago. "I just started writing music, and whatever came out went down on of two different avenues. It's been pretty intuitive. I think it's pretty interesting multiple views from the same guy."
He presented the idea to "pretty much" release "An Airplane" as-is to his label Universal Republic and "they were all for it." He essentially took his original recordings, spruced up a couple vocal tracks, added some tambourine and mastered it.
"The timing's worked out perfectly," he says.
Timing has also allowed Owl City to serve as tour support for Maroon 5 (along with V.V. Brown) in August. He says he's going to perform Owl City material, rather than Sky Sailing songs, throughout the fall.
"I think it's best to stick to what [fans] might know," he says.
Young says a new Owl City album can be expected late this year or early next.
Here are Owl City's tour dates with Maroon 5 and John Mayer:
Aug. 5th DTE Energy Music Theatre w/ Maroon 5 Clarkston, MI
6th Verizon Wireless Music Center w/ Maroon 5 Noblesville, IN
7th Constellation Performing Arts Center w/ Maroon 5 Canandaigua, NY
10th Comcast Center w/ Maroon 5 Mansfield, MA
11th Nikon at Jones Beach Theater w/ Maroon 5 Wantagh, NY
13th Jiffy Lube Live w/ Maroon 5 Bristow, VA
14th Susquehanna Bank Center w/ Maroon 5 Camden, NJ
15th PNC Bank Arts Center w/ Maroon 5 Holmdel, NJ
18th Cricket Pavilion w/ John Mayer Phoenix, AZ
20th Shoreline Amphitheatre w/ John Mayer San Francisco, CA
21st Sleep Train Amphitheatre w/ John Mayer Wheatland, CA
22nd Hollywood Bowl w/ John Mayer Los Angeles, CA
24th Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre w/ John Mayer Irvine, CA
25th Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre w/ John Mayer Chula Vista, CA
28th Pipeline Café (Headlining) Honolulu, HI
31st USANA Amphitheater w/ John Mayer Salt Lake City, UT
Sep. 1st Red Rocks Amphitheatre w/ John Mayer Morrison, CO
4th Superpages.com Center w/ John Mayer Dallas, TX
5th Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion w/ John Mayer Houston, TX
6th Amphitheatre at The Wharf w/ John Mayer Orange Beach, AL
8th Aarons Amphitheatre at Lakewood w/ John Mayer Atlanta, GA
10th Ford Amphitheatre w/ John Mayer Tampa, FL
11th Cruzan Amphitheatre w/ John Mayer West Palm Beach, FL