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In 2012, a striking new voice emerged from the wider surge of electronic music in the U.S. ODESZA’s Summer’s Gone stood out from the crowd; it was a collection of songs, not just beats; and its irresistible, startling dreaminess, addictive drums and fathoms-deep bass set it apart from the by-the-numbers brutality of EDM’s also-rans. In an age of manufactured internet buzz and carefully plotted hype, ODESZA’s story was refreshingly authentic: A brilliant new duo unveiled their music on the internet, and the world paid attention.
Released in 2014, In Return more than just delivered on the promise of Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight’s previous work. A record with a precocious maturity and coherence, it was a start-to-finish stunner of pop-infused, electronic wonder, littered with infectious hooks and potent atmosphere. ODESZA developed a new live performance to accompany In Return, tastefully enlisting live instrumentation to showcase the musicality of the album. Headline festival appearances and sold out tours of North America, Europe and Australia soon followed, along with the release of live recordings and the Little Dragon collaboration “Light" on 2015’s In Return (Deluxe Edition).
Now with a GRAMMY nomination and two Gold-certified singles in “Say My Name” (USA) and “Sun Models” (Australia), Mills and Knight are not content to settle. Every spare moment of tour was spent sketching ideas for new music, and with every brief return to Seattle, new drafts were cataloged. Relentless touring gave way to prolific studio sessions, and 2017 finds ODESZA putting the finishing touches on a body of work deserving of more than to be called a “follow up” to In Return.