ODESZA Brings High Energy to GovBall’s Low-key Vibes
New York City has been tossed into a whirlwind of hype over Governors Ball Music Festival, the annual event that brings a variety of artists to Randall’s Island from June 5-7. The festival is far more low-key than many other major events in New York,- for example, EDC New York or Electric Zoo– but there’s still some electronic music performances that are worth hitting up. On the first day of GovBall, the most notable of these shows was ODESZA’s high energy future house set.
The Gotham Tent itself was the perfect setting for ODESZA’s future house sounds: the ceiling was covered with trippy, multi-colored cut outs that immediately set the mood. As for the crowd, all sorts of people came to check out ODESZA’s unique show, from kids covered in kandi and neon to dudes with man-buns in “Florence + the Machine” shirts to girls in flowery tops with flowing pants. The diversity of the crowd testifies to ODESZA’s mass appeal beyond just the electronic dance community.
The show (which was my fourth time seeing ODESZA) certainly got the crowd dancing. At an event that had a lot of low energy acts, ODESZA’s wavy electronic set was the perfect way to add a little spark to your day without going overboard. The crowd went nuts over “Sun Models” and the “Waited 4 U” remix, as well as the popular song “Say My Name” near the end of the set.
The duo premiered two new tracks during the set, both of which took ODESZA’s usual sound a step further. The first seemed to build on their previous sound, but the second, interestingly enough, took a turn towards trap music. It had some What So Not-esque vibes to it, which worked with their flowy future sound better than I would have imagined. It got me and, based on all of the dancing going on, the crowd hype for their upcoming releases.
What impressed me the most was how they managed to keep their set fresh despite all of the shows that they’ve done recently. Every time I’ve seen ODESZA, they’ve changed up their set enough to keep fans like me coming back for more. It’s a given that they were going to close with “Say My Name,” but the new trap song at the end was a pleasant surprise. Not to mention the variety of songs from all of their albums and LPs that they mixed into their set. Well done, ODESZA.
Props to ODESZA for kicking off GovBall was so much high-energy fun. It’ll be tough for the other electronic music acts to top their unique set. Do you agree? Comment below with some thoughts.
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