This is the first single released in the UK by Owl City, an Electronica/Pop project of Minnesota native Adam Young. A self-described "shy-kid," this song reflects Young's desire to escape in dreams and hide away from life's pressures.
Young explained to Female First: "'Umbrella Beach' is about a hermit living in a box car on the edge of the shoreline that corroded so badly, it wound up at the bottom of the bay. Rather than finding a new home, the hermit chooses to learn to scuba dive and now spends his days deep under the waves in his boxcar."
New Order took the title for "Blue Monday" from an illustration, which read "Goodbye Blue Monday," in the Kurt Vonnegut book Breakfast Of Champions. The image referred to the invention of the washing machine improving housewives' lives.