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Review: ODESZA Drops New Album, A Moment Apart (+ Tour Dates)

odesza-a-moment-apart-coverThe American electronic duo, ODESZA, just dropped their long-awaited album, A Moment Apart. They had been hinting at the release since April.

The group was formed back in 2012 just before Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight graduated frim Western Washington University.

Adopting the names Catacombkid and BeachesBeaches respectively, the duo dedicated their time and talents into creating electropop jams that are absolutely mesmerizing.

The album begins with a short intro consisting of a woman telling the story of an astronaut on his first mission into space. This brief spoken piece transitions seamlessly into the first song, which also happens to be the album’s title track, “A Moment Apart.” Branching from the beat the intro ended on, the buildup really does feel cosmic in nature. There’s something etherial about the flow and soft, hypnotic vocals. There’s also a lull at the song’s midpoint that evokes a sense of grander, despite it’s softness. It sounds the way stargazing feels.

“Line of Sight” features WYNNE and Mansionair, who’s vocals come across as calming and etherial. The drop is happy and energetic, there’s something uplifting about this song. It’s definitely a feel-good track perfect for listening to while cruising down the highway, perhaps on a road trip? Regardless, “Line of Sight” has this vibe that just makes you want to get up and go experience life.

“Just a Memory” is a beautiful track featuring Regina Spektor and her angelic voice. The pairing of ODESZA and Spektor is like a dream, which is reflected flawlessly in the way this song sounds. With strong vocals and an amazing range paired up with the dreamy flow and haunting melody, “Just a Memory” is more than just another song, it’s an experience.

“Corners of the Earth” closes the album on a dramatic note, opening with what sounds like a choir of angels, only to give way to the equally angelic vocals of RY X. This song is almost meditative in nature, with a sense of connectivity and an awe-inspiring atmosphere.

ODESZA has always gone above and beyond with their etherial tunes, but A Moment Apart takes it a step further. This album has a transcendent energy to it that permeates each and every single track. Fans of electronic music will not want to miss this one.

Rating: 5/5

Stream: A Moment Apart by ODESZA

 

ODESZA 2017 A Moment Apart Tour

Thu, Sep 14 – Auckland, NZ – Great Hall
Fri, Sep 15 – Melbourne, AU – Forum
Sat, Sep 16 – Sydney, AU – Enmore Theatre
Fri, Sep 29 – London, UK – O2 Forum Kentish Town
Sat, Sep 30 – Paris, FR – Elysee Monmarte
Tue, Oct 3 – Brussels, BE – AB Main Hall
Thu, Oct 5 – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso
Sat, Oct 7 – Berlin, DE – Astra Kulturhaus
Fri, Oct 20 – Los Angeles, CA – STAPLES Center
Sat, Oct 21 – Sun, Oct 22 – Phoenix, AZ – Lost Lake Festival (Headlining)
Tue, Oct, 24 – Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl
Thu, Oct 26 – Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre
Fri, Nov 3 – Vancouver, BC – PNE Forum
Wed, Nov 8 – Minneapolis, MN – Myth
Fri, Nov 10 – Madison, WI – Alliant Energy Center
Sat, Nov 11 – Chicago, IL – UIC Pavilion
Tue, Nov 14 – Detroit, MI – Masonic Temple
Fri, Nov 17 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis
Tue, Nov 21 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
Fri, Dec 15 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center

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