• Daniel Gwizdalski

Fall In Love With The Sound

Pics by me! Canon G7X MarkII. 

What can I say about Odesza that hasn't already been said?

I caught my 13th Odesza show in Indianapolis this past weekend and took the opportunity to experience the A Moment Apart tour from a different angle. The attention to detail and grandeur (lol) of this tour is beyond words.  Having seen the tour in both Madison and Chicago, it was interesting to see how the show has evolved over the past few months, especially on the tails of a grammy nomination and back-to-back headlining sets at Coachella.

I don't think there is much argument these days that Odesza has put together the most visually impressive and engaging electronic show out. I could see the same set night in and night out and come away with a new appreciation for the visual elements, choreography with the drumline, and the joy of catching brief moments of experimentation or even the occasional screw-up.

When I think about the evolution of Odesza, I can't help but focus on the organic elements of their music and their out-of-this-world sound. The first time I heard Angels & Airwaves was the moment I remember feeling a piece of music HIT me. Out of the growing melodies and riffs and the sparse percussion, suddenly a wall of sound emerged. This was also one of my first experiences hearing music that largely had an electronic influence, despite being rooted in rock, and the theme of space captured in the timbre of the sound and the visuals.

Fast forward to the release of A Moment Apart, where the intro previews the cinematic and ethereal experience that is to follow, and Odesza fully embraces the theme in all audio and visual aspects of the album and live show. I'm not sure if there is actually a connection between these two influences, but both have helped me view and feel music through an entirely new lense, but each opportunity I get to experience the live show, I realize I had no choice but to fall in love with the sound.


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