Clayton Knight and Harrison Mills came together in 2012 to form ODESZA
after producing as BeachesBeaches and Catacomb Kid respectively. With a free to download album, “Summer’s Gone”, and an EP, “My Friends Never Die”, under their belts the Seattle based duo release their first proper debut album titled “In Return”.
Out now on Counter Records,
an offshoot of the mighty Ninja Tune, it’s thirteen tracks of chilled out electronica. If you’re a fan of Bonobo, then “In Return” will be right up your street. Combining melodies and samples, it crosses genre lines such as hip-hop, dubstep and ambient without feeling too cluttered or contrived in anyway.
Tracks such as “Koto”, with its hip-hop stylings or the edit-heavy lead single “Say My Name”, which also features Zyra on vocal duties. Album opener “Always This Late” is infectious with its lilting guitar line and ethereal, dreamy vox chopping, “Echoes” ushers in a dubstep tempo to compliment the vocals of Py while “Sundara” drifts with warm soundscapes, twinkled melodies and subtle snare claps.
An engrossing listen from start to finish, “In Return” is the sound of a duo seemingly ready to hit a wider audience with on-point production and an obvious ear for melody.
You can purchase the LP here.