A Moment Apart

A Moment Apart

by ODESZA

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Overview

A Moment Apart

Since forming in 2012, Seattle-based duo ODESZA quickly became one of the most popular, influential indie electronic acts in America. By the time they made their Counter Records debut in 2014, with their second album In Return, they had already become a staple at music festivals, and their headlining gigs were selling out left and right. Their music typically consists of warm, glitchy chillwave beats and choppy, pitch-shifted vocals, as well as an intriguing usage of exotic-sounding acoustic instruments, all fine-tuned for maximum emotional impact. ODESZA may not have invented any of the ingredients of their sound, but their glossy, dreamy brand has become one of the most distinctive of its kind, and their presence on the scene looms large -- it's hard to browse SoundCloud without hitting a bedroom producer imitating them, or remixing one of their tunes. Following the success of In Return, which topped Billboard's Electronic Albums chart and was given the Deluxe Edition treatment, ODESZA returned in 2017 with A Moment Apart, their third consecutive album to be released in early September. As with In Return, the duo continue to develop their songwriting skills, bringing in a growing number of guest vocalists to clarify the sentiments expressed with their music. ODESZA never seem to tire of cutting up vocal samples into earworm hooks, and they don't need to stop, because they're masters of the art form, and their vocal manipulations are highly expressive. When their songs do have lyrics, they're just as effective, and a bit more radio-friendly. "Higher Ground" appears early on, with featured vocalist Naomi Wild pining for affection and begging for a deeper love. The song is an immediate highlight, and easily this album's equivalent of "Say My Name," the ecstatic hit single from In Return. As A Moment Apart unfolds, ODESZA recruit bigger guest names, such as retro-soul singer Leon Bridges and Russian-American indie folk star Regina Spektor. These songs end up sounding a lot closer to their respective featured artists, although ODESZA make their presence felt through cinematic string sweeps and their signature vocal edits. Songs like Spektor's "Just a Memory" and album closer "Corners of the Earth" (featuring Ry X) reveal ODESZA's fondness for big, dramatic ballads, and the album has a bit of a darker tone than their prior work, sometimes tipping their usual bittersweetness into sadness. Of course, this is balanced by the presence of punchy, joyous songs like "La Ciudad" and "Show Me." A Moment Apart is a further expansion of the ODESZA empire, and the duo's most ambitious, widescreen work yet.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/08/2017
Label: Counter Records
UPC: 5054429119176
catalogNumber: 118
Rank: 2611

Album Credits

Performance Credits

ODESZA   Primary Artist
Regina Spektor   Vocals
Phillip Sheppard   Strings
Ry   Vocals
Harrison Mills   Group Member
Mansionair   Background Vocals
Clayton Knight   Group Member
Leon Bridges   Vocals
Kelsey Bulkin   Vocals
Chamanas   Vocals
Sasha Sloan   Vocals
Naomi Wild   Vocals
Sean Kusanagi   Guitar
Wynne   Vocals
Brennan Carter   Trumpet,Choir Director

Technical Credits

Manuel Calderón   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Louis Bell   Vocal Arrangements
Aaron Spiro   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Regina Spektor   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Todd Bridges   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Ry Cuming   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Kelcey Ayer   Composer
Ryan Hahn   Composer
Taylor Rice   Composer
Matthew Frazier   Composer
Noonie Bao   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Reed Juenger   Composer
ODESZA   Producer,Engineer
Rory Andrew   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Harrison Mills   Composer,Producer,Cover Design
Clayton Knight   Composer,Producer
Nikolai Prange   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Kelsey Bulkin   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Sasha Sloan   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Lachlan Bostock   Vocal Arrangements
Héctor Carreón   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Jack Froggatt   Vocal Arrangements
Alex Nicholls   Vocal Arrangements
Adam Novodor   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Andrew Jeffrey Hamm   Composer
Paulina Reza   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Michelle Gadeken   Cover Design
India Quateman   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Brennan Carter   Arranger
Alexandra Cheatle   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Alex Williams   Vocal Engineer
Alden Paguia   Engineer

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