In an age where short EPs and mixtapes seem to be the overarching trend in the electronic music spectrum, full-length albums are few and far between. Full-length 13-track LPs at the caliber of ODESZA‘s latest release, In Return, seem even more scarce, as the pair’s newest material sets the bar exceptionally high. Meshing melodic compositions with ambient soundscapes, the Seattle-based duo have artfully compiled a collection of original works that beautifully reflect ODESZA’s unique sound. Adding to the previously unveiled “Say My Name” and “Memories That You Call,” “Bloom” is a dreamy piece that floats the listener to a faraway place, while “White Lies” incorporates infectious hip-hop influenced synth layers to create an ultra-groovy rhythmic pattern behind vocalist Jenni Potts. “Always This Late” employs a light tribal appeal which contrasts beautifully with pitch-bending, upbeat “Sun Models.”
In Return is a 13-track journey through various genre-blending originals worth multiple listens. Fearlessly exploring uncharted waters as well as masterfully representing their distinctive production style, ODESZA offers one of the year’s most impressive full-length releases.