After playing it countless times at their stunning live shows, closing out many sets with it's intense trap beat, and sitting on it for years without the slightest hit they we're ever going to release it, Odesza has finally given the people (read: me) what they want and released "Loyal."
In 2012, a striking new voice emerged from the wider surge of electronic music in the U.S. ODESZAs Summers Gone stood out from the crowd; it was a collection of songs, not just beats; and its irresistible, startling dreaminess, addictive drums and fathoms-deep bass set it apart from the by-the-numbers brutality of EDMs also-rans. In an age of manufactured internet buzz and carefully plotted hype, ODESZAs story was refreshingly authentic: A brilliant new duo unveiled their music on the internet, and the world paid attention.
Harrison Mills (aka CatacombKid) and Clayton Knight (aka BeachesBeaches) began recording together after meeting at Western Washington University. There was instant chemistry, and the pair worked prolifically, quickly carving out a distinctive, heady sound: glitched-out vocals, soaring, visceral melody and ear-gripping drums. Two songs from Summers Gone How Did I Get Here and iPlayYouListen instantly leapt to number 1 on the Hype Machine Popular Chart. ODESZA began to make evangelical fans, with word of their music setting the world both real and virtual alight.
2013 saw the release of the My Friends Never Die EP, with three of the five tracks hitting #1 on Hype Machine. Relentless touring followed, including dates with Pretty Lights, Emancipator, Michal Menert, and performances at Sasquatch Music Festival, Lightning In A Bottle, What The Festival, Summer Meltdown, Capitol Hill Block Party, MusicfestNW, Decibel Festival and Symbiosis Gathering. Thrown in at the deep end, ODESZA quickly honed a live craft to match that of their recordings.
The duo was playing to larger and larger crowds when Pretty Lights asked them to be the support act on the fall Pretty Lights tour, and to remix One Day Theyll Know, which also hit #1 on Hype Machine and #8 on the iTunes Electronic Chart. Later in 2013, ODESZA selected their favourite producers for a follow up remix EP, My Friends Never Die Remixes, and launched the ambitious, ongoing mixtape series NO.SLEEP.
February 2014 brought the release of the ODESZA single Sun Models (feat. Madelyn Grant,) taken from the duos forthcoming second album. This song continued the trend theyd set previously, and it too hit #1 on Hype Machine. In March 2014 ODESZAs remix of Pretty Lights Lost And Found was released on the DIVERGENT movie soundtrack, and (you guessed it!) hit #1 on Hype Machine.
Harrison and Clayton headed back into the studio, putting the finishes touches to their forthcoming second album, before setting out on a sold out North American tour in Spring, culminating in a performance at Coachella. Not wanting to leave their growing legion of fans wanting, the duos remix of ZHUs hit Faded was released, taking their #1s on the Hype Machine chart straight into double figures.
Summer 2014 saw ODESZA visit Australia to play a series of live dates, before heading back to North America for festivals, and to polish up and master their now hotly anticipated sophomore album.
And finally that brand new album is here. In Return has more than just delivered on the promise of ODESZAs previous work. A record with a precocious maturity and coherence, its a start-to-finish stunner of pop-infused, electronic wonder, littered with infectious hooks and potent atmosphere. Vocal performances from Zyra, Py and Shy Girls accompany that of Madelyn Grant on Sun Models, expertly worked into ODESZAs trademark, mood-altering uplift.
ODESZA are set to tour the album throughout the fall, playing long runs of sold out dates across the U.S and Europe. A new live performance has been developed to accompany In Return ensuring that the shows will do full justice to the album and a host of like minded artists are busily remixing the singles.
One of the stunning aspects of ODESZA is the speed with which theyve created a large, devoted fanbase testament to just how refreshing, immediate and exciting their music is. ODESZA has amassed over 15 million SoundCloud streams, at an average of 500,000 per week. Theyve picked up 7.5 million Spotify plays, and been licensed by Adidas, GoPro, Piz Buin and many more.
Thats a lot of people whove been waiting on the new album. Luckily for them, In Return is everything fans might have hoped for and then some: An album that places ODESZA firmly in the vanguard of electronic musics coming of age.