by Kyle Taylor
In Return, the latest album from Seattle duo Odesza, marks the groups second release, foregoing the My Friends Never Die EP between. The new album settles in a slow, crawling ambient sound. Pulsating with chopped vocal samples, glitchy drum patterns, and euphoric synth layers, the album carries itself from beginning to end on constantly developing melodies and gorgeous harmonies.
Odesza’s first album, Summer’s Gone, presented an idea. A new creation born from the combined minds of Catacombkid and BeachesBeaches, the album reached a new ethereal world of sound. Summer’s Gone introduced deep bass layers bouncing off high-pitched vocal samples that often reaches an almost dream-like state.
In Return offers a suitable followup. It elaborates on those same ideas presented in the first album, refining the sound design and combing through various new composition endeavors. Thew new album strays away from the My Friends Never Die release, dissolving any ties to pop sounds. Throughout the record, Odesza breathes their own sound into a spread of electronic inspirations. Covering their classic future bass and ambient sound, the duo also wanders into more heavily electronic driven glitch sounds in tracks such as “White Lies”.
The melding of electronic production with original production techniques and instrumental elements that carries through In Return is impeccable. The album manages to escape any points of dull repetition. The ideas remain persistently thoughtful and original.
Odesza is currently on tour and will return to Philadelphia at Johnny Brenda’s on Wednesday, October 1st.
See full tour dates HERE, and tickets for the October 1st show HERE (official event page HERE).
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Funkadelphia Picks: “Kusanagi”, “White Lies”, “For Us” & “Echoes”