ODESZA In Re­turn

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What hap­pens when a genre goes cold? When Odesza’s Har­ri­son Mills and Clayton Knight re­leased their de­but, chill­wave was in full bloom and their al­bum duly got lum­bered with that tag. A few years on, chill­wave is in the grave along­side elec­tro­clash and speed garage, but the Seat­tle duo’s new al­bum is very much full of life. A record of bright, glee­ful, ef­fer­ves­cent grooves topped and tailed by a gallery of new voices, In Re­turn is above and beyond the usual spread of gen­res. You can hear traces and tinges of var­i­ous ebbs and flows, from Bonobo and Ul­tra­ma­rine to Pu­rity Ring and Glasser, but Odesza are forg­ing their own path through the elec­tronic pop wash.

Say My Name, All We Need and It’s Only are next-level pop tracks, all alive to the pos­si­bil­ity of com­bin­ing fun and gen­uinely strik­ing mu­sic. A real corker. odesza.com

JIM CAR­ROLL

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