ODESZA's highly anticipated third album is one of this year's most emotive releases. Following 2012's debut album Summer's Gone and 2014's In Return, A Moment Apart finds the Seattle duo of Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight putting forth their most ambitious material to date.
ODESZA's meteoric rise to fame within the indie electronic scene is a testament to their ability to create truly moving and emotive music. Since their earliest days as instrumentalists, Mills and Knight have stayed true to their vision and looked to push the boundaries of their work, but that's more of a priority than ever here: "Our first album was about discovering our sound," Mills says in a press release. "The second one was us trying to do something new with it and becoming more songwriters than instrumentalists, and this one was understanding what we do and trying to push it."
A Moment Apart, which features impressive guest features by artists like Leon Bridges and Regina Spektor, is a richly textured album that shows ODESZA's newfound depth and sonic diversity. Throughout, the duo find a balance between beauty and sadness. They explore darker material, such as heartbreak and longing ("Everything at Your Feet" / "Just a Memory"), but also the everyday euphoria of meeting someone "Across the Room." Both sides complement one another and make for a fully realized album filled with beautiful soundscapes and dreamy vocals. It already seems permeated by a certain nostalgia, making it a perfect record to make memories to. (Counter)