Release Date: Sep 8, 2017
Record label: Counter Records
Genre(s): Electronic, Electronica, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Club/Dance, Indie Electronic, EDM, Chillwave
Electronic duo ODESZA—aka producers Clayton Knight and Harrison Mills—have spent the years since their 2014 indie electropop album In Return using their growing reputation and pull to provide a platform for up and coming artists to get themselves heard in the form of their Foreign Family Collective initiative. Since its creation, it has helped artists such as Jai Wolf, Chet Porter, and Autolaser gain exposure through the release of one-off singles and mixes. For a band who originally started making waves through Soundcloud with tracks that would eventually make up their 2012 debut Summer.
In the past couple of years, chill has become ubiquitous, not just as a verb ("Netflix and chill") but as adjective (the "chill bro"), prefix (chillstep, chilltrap), and even noun: Per SoundCloud hashtags, at least, "chill" has become a genre unto itself. Contra Moore,s Law and all the breakneck terrors of an accelerated age, chill has been elevated to something like a state of being: a lifestyle, a philosophy, a categorical imperative. A whole musical scene has evolved to satisfy the urge to decelerate.
It’s 2017, and the electronic pop market is a crowded one. The emergence of platforms like Soundcloud have had an undeniable impact on this particular style of low tempo, ethereal music in the mainstream, making it harder for talented groups like ODESZA (AKA Seattle duo Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight) to carve out an identity in such a cluttered landscape. This is something that’s proved challenging for the pair on their third studio album. ‘A Moment Apart’ begins strongly, with the title track combining an early ‘90s rave beat with soaring strings.