Happy Music Monday! After a fun weekend buzzing around London, meeting friends and watching ballet, it’s time to turn my attention and the return of one of my favourites – Odesza.
I discovered Odesza just weeks before getting married in September 2014, when they released their brilliant second album In Return. The tunes from that album provided the soundtrack to the final wedding preparations and our wonderful honeymoon in Cuba, so repeat listens are full of beautiful memories.
It’s been a long wait, but finally Odesza are back with new tracks, and hopefully a new album. They’ve released a few bits recently, and I’ve picked out my favourite of the bunch, a track called Line of Sight. It’s got the classic Odesza synths and choppy vocals present on their previous work, but contains much more of a traditional song structure and vocals opposed to the more instrumental pieces in their back catalogue. I’m curious to see where they take this on their next album – but one thing’s for sure, if it sounds like this then we’re in for a treat!
Take a listen below and Tweet me and let me know what you think.
look ahead to 2017 and some artists who are due a new release. So without further ado, let’s jump in and get excited about the new music that might be coming our way this year.
Jack and Elizahttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZA8DhuAKDw Jack and Eliza are a New York duo who write stripped down songs with dreamy vocal melodies that swirl over simple, under-produced guitars strums. Their debut album Gentle Warnings dropped in 2015, and have been relatively quiet recently. A recent Facebook post teased new music in 2017, which I welcome with open arms!
Odeszahttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMssNXBCCl0 Odesza are an electronic pair from Seattle who absolutely smashed it with their release In Return in 2014. That album was the soundtrack to my summer that year, but so much has happened since then it feels like a lifetime ago. With festival appearances lined up this summer and new tunes played at their recent New Years Eve party it looks like we’re in for new tunes very soon, and I for one cannot wait!
TOPShttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmieLVOPW8w Another band whose last release was in 2014 and brings back wonderful memories of summer, TOPS (or Tender Opposites) are a Canadian band who write simple, catchy songs with with the occasional injection of 80’s retro vibes. Still touring heavily in 2016, a quick look at their Facebook page shows that they’ve been including new songs in their sets, so hopefully we’ll get to hear them in the coming months.
Lykke Lihttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIruwzhozTc As I’m writing this, I’m beginning to realise just how good 2014 was for music. Along with Odesza and TOPS, Lykke Li released I Never Learn that summer, although it was a different type of album from what we’d come to expect from her. Gone were the upbeat tunes and danceable beats, this was a dark breakup album that was raw, emotional and a fantastic listen. I follow her on Instagram and she’s been busy in a new relationship and giving birth, so who knows when we’ll see her back. Hopefully soon!
Washed Outhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEBb3GxubAc Last but not least, Washed Out has to be included on this list. The project of artist Ernest Greene, his last release Paracosm was so good it makes me genuinely frustrated that we haven’t had any follow up music for years now. I’m absolutely praying that I get another release as good this summer, waking up to the loving feeling of tunes like Weightless and It Feels Alright could just about make or break it. What new music are you excited about in 2017? Tweet me and let me know. Happy Listening!
Happy Monday! This week we’re back with a new tune from a band I’ve posted about before – Odesza. In 2014 the Seattle duo released their album In Return, an incredible collection of electronic beats accompanied by beautiful melodies. This month sees the release of a Deluxe edition of In Return with a new track they recorded with Yukimi Nagano from Swedish band Little Dragon. The track is called Light, and features that signature electronic Odesza sound with ethnic percussion and a layered melodic chorus. Check out the track below and let my know in the comments section what you’ve been listening to lately. Have a great week! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjjIWpGRMf0