The album sees for the most part Adam Young staying true to his synthpop roots; however, he also dabbles in indie rock, folk, European trance in "
Galaxies" and on "
Alligator Sky", rap.
Guest musicians on the album include Shawn Chrystopher, Matthew Thiessen, Lights, Breanne Düren and Adam Young's mother, Joan Young.
The album was originally planned to have a worldwide release date of May 24, 2011.It was then changed to May 17.On April 6, however, Young posted on his official site that the release date had been bumped to June 14, 2011.He stated that the reason for this was, "
In an attempt to better connect the dots and ensure that every cloud in the sky is stitched together with its own special silver lining", and "with school finally out for the summer, it'll be a perfect time to sit back and watch the fireworks." Along with this post were previews of four tracks from the new album, each being 1: 30 long.
The previews posted were of "
Alligator Sky (ft.
Shawn Chrystopher)", "
Deer in the Headlights", "
Galaxies" and "
Dreams Don't Turn to Dust".
On the introductory track to "
Galaxies", entitled "
January 28, 1986" (the date of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster), Ronald Reagan's State of the Union speech is sampled.
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