Five years after their last album and almost three years after their last live set, ODESZA returned to their hometown of Seattle on Friday night (July 29) to show an attendance of approximately 17,000 people at the city’s Climate Pledge Arena – the name of the Despite his latest album – There’s Really No Final Goodbye.
The pair, Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight, released their new LP. the last Goodbye, on July 22, starting their tour a week later with a three-night sale on Climate Pledge, which will continue on Saturday (July 30) and Sunday (July 31). The tour will expand to North America this summer. An amphitheater run. But with Odesza returning to live music on Friday night, anticipation was high, and Board It was there to see.
On a warm and sunny Friday at 5:30 p.m., fans dressed in ODESZA merch gathered around the edges of the Climate Pledge Arena, the world’s first zero-carbon zone, in wild anticipation of ODESZA’s impending return. The doors of the venue opened at 6 pm, with fans running from all sides of the arena. Many immediately lined up at various trading booths and some rushed to eat and drink, while groups of friends reunited in the corridors. All together, the inside of the arena turned into an ODESZA-themed convention, with LED screens showing various animation renders that set the mood by the duo’s alien family collective.
At 7:20 p.m., when Foreign Family Collective Signie Ford began their set with “Craving” from their 2018 album, people began their sit-ups around the arena, with the floor half full. (Evening. It was a fitting reception for a wonderful night of music and spectacle, with the artist welcoming the crowd warmly, stating that it was his first time performing in an arena and that he was excited that he would open for Odeza for the next three nights. . They played a remix of “Flashing Lights”, which got some headwinds, and then “Living, Breathing”, one of their fast-paced songs. They ended their set with “Bedford Falls”, a track laden with cool drum beats and lo-fi inspiration.
Sylvan Aso was next in the night’s lineup and began playing exactly 8:11 p.m., both with singer Amelia Meath performing their crisp, powerful vocals that sounded delightfully blasting from the arena’s speakers. Nick Sanborn, the producer of the duo, laid the foundation for dandy beats and modular sounding notes to tie in unison with Meath’s vocal prowess. As the end of their set drew near, fans started returning from the merchant hall to get to their places for the food race, last-minute bathroom adventures, and the main event.
Nearing its scheduled time of 9:25 a.m., all of the arena’s seating area quickly filled up, and the floor, which was still relatively empty at the time of the break, was now completely packed—but behind the arena from the center. Towards the end, there was still plenty of room to walk and dance. (This writer was given a warning about being in the center for the first three songs, a pro tip that should be taken into account for other concerts.) Then all the lights went dark, the crowd was cheering and shouting. Fans who were standing and sitting to join in the cheer.
A few seconds after it hit 9:25 p.m., the stage slowly came to life. The ODESZA icosahedron logo began to appear as “this version of you”. Fans were shouting and cheering, and chills as Juliana Barwick’s meditative introduction to the song welcomed everyone into a positive mindset and deep thought. His voice on the arena speakers was calm, yet strong and confident. As the song built, you could feel the lightning in the air as people emotionally prepared themselves for an hour and a half musical adventure.
The two then played a new song, “Behind the Sun” – which sounds like classic Odesza – in which the explosive pyrotechnics are paired beautifully with the song’s drop. Samples from Iranian artist Simin Gharem’s song “Sib” combined beautifully with rhythm and bass-heavy work, reflecting his expertise in finding samples that worked so well in his music. It wouldn’t be an ODESZA show without hearing iconic VIP versions of the original track, which included “All We Need,” “Something About You” (Musled with “Love Letter”), “Memories That You Called” and a surprising D. Huh. ‘N’B VIP mix of “Falls” that worked incredibly well.
While the two have almost mythical status among fans on their previous tours, Friday night’s ODESZA scenes absolutely drew crowds and certainly drew comparisons, and tops many examples, of what they’ve done on previous shows. , exploring different topics in vivid ways. His scenes also took a darker turn, with the frame of an android-looking figure clad in gold running against a strong current and navigating through an apocalyptic wasteland, while ODESZA from side project Bronson “Keep going”. A demonic wolf was also trying to tear himself off the screen, and during “Loyal”, a barrage of arrows hit the screen, followed by a skeleton knight walking through a field.
“It’s great to be back. We are very happy to be playing again in our hometown,” Mills said. Classic “Lemme see you one more time!” Mills also got the audience struggling and having a hard time screaming, dancing, and forgetting, even if only temporarily. Fans were a key part of why the spectacle felt so big and ubiquitous. Wherever there was a smile, people were in awe at the scene and the production, and strangers acted like friends. (Special shout out to members of the Alien Family Collective Discord community, as they offered helpful tips and awesome recommendations for people coming to Seattle for the show, and welcomed many new fans to ODESZA this weekend.)
People brought out singer Noami Wilde for “Higher Ground” and “Better Now” (which originally featured MARO) and Charlie Houston for “Wide Awake”. Wilde looked effortless on stage, and it was really comforting to see her perform live again after running on A Moment Apart Tour. Eager listeners had caught on, but almost every new song they played on Friday nights was subtly layered with songs from previous albums, marking the tour not only as a celebration of the new album , rather the entire ODESZA catalog was marked.
The ODESZA drumlines, also back for this tour, deserve their praise, as they are a wonderful act in their own right. They were surgically precise with their movements and perfectly in sync with each other, and their presence dominated the arena whenever they performed solo. The trumpeters stood on their raised platforms, creating a pleasant symmetry on either side, their voices echoing throughout. After a short transition through faded lights, a drummer and bass guitarist took the stage for the encore, “The Last Goodbye”. This culminated with a flurry of magical confetti, where fans grabbed pieces of icosahedron-labeled paper, as on-screen scenes depicted a single figure from the opening section touching and ripping the screen, which quickly darkened. spread up.
Mills and Knight, with all the musicians and drumlines, gave a final bow, while a harmonic version of “Day of Light” was played in the background.
The series’ first night of three sold-out shows at Climate Pledge Arena was a resounding success. While the direction of their music has certainly changed, it blends the emotional and electronic nature of previous albums with a deeper introspection that Odeza has taken since early 2012, in return, to today. After a decade of the group, Friday Nights proved that one thing is true – ODESZA has been seen and heard, live.
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Reference from www.billboard.com