Owl City did not release a full studio album in 2013, in spite of reports of such.[n January 2013, Young stated that his new music would contain more EDM songs than his previous studio effortshoped to record a song for the album with Ellie Goulding and claimed that his new album would be «edgy».Instead of a full-length album, Owl City released The Midsummer Station—Acoustic EP on July 30. The EP contained acoustic versions of the songs «Good Time», «Shooting Star», and «Gold», taken from his latest studio album.The EP also contained two previously unreleased B-side tracks: «Hey Anna» and «I Hope You Think Of Me»
In the meantime, Young worked on multiple songs for animated films and television commercials. On March 4, the single «Shine Your Way», featuring Young and Yuna, was released on iTunes from the soundtrack to The Croods.[Owl City performed a 90-second jingle for Oreo’s «Wonderfilled» commercial in May 2013.[n June, it was revealed that Owl City would appear on The Smurfs 2: Music from and Inspired By Soundtrack. The track, called «Live It Up», was released in the soundtrack alb Christmas movie Merry Larry and the True Light of Christmas.
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2014 saw the release of the single «Beautiful Times», which features violinist Lindsey Stirling and was released on April 8ung stated that he intended to release a steady «series of EPs» in 2014 rather than one larger recording,[hough he later considered and then confirmed that he would be releasing a full studio album in 2In June, Young announced that the first extended play would be titled Ultraviolet, and it was released on June 27.he day before, the «Beautiful Times» music video also made its debut on Rolling Stone’s website.
Owl City appeared on The Art of McCartney tribute album to Paul McCartney, covering the track «Listen to What the Man Said».[
On October 7, Owl City uploaded the official audio stream for «Tokyo» featuring singer Sekai no Owari to his official OwlCityVEVO YouTube channel.An official lyric video for another new track, «You’re Not Alone» featuring Britt Nicole, was published on the following day
In December 2014, Owl City released a new single for Christmas: «Kiss Me Babe, It’s Christmas Time».
Owl City released a promotional song, «2015», of him singing that he would be releasing a new album. On May 5, a sneak peek of Owl City’s then-upcoming song «Verge» featuring Aloe Blacc aired on ESPN’s «Draft Academy.» The song was released on May 14.
In April Young stated that Owl City would be returning with a new album, later announcing the release of Mobile Orchestra for July 10 of that year with a lead single «Verge».
After the single «Verge» featuring Aloe Blacc, Owl City released his second single called «My Everything» from Mobile Orchestra on June 5, 2015, followed by «Unbelievable» on June 25.
An animated video for «Unbelievable» was also released on June 29, 2015 and features Hanson.
On December 18, 2015, Young announced that he would focus on a new project: each month compose and record a score based on a subject of his choicsomething wanted to do for a long time.