I haven’t posted anything in a few days, but don’t worry, I have a perfectly good explanation. I was wandering the back alleys of my hometown, when a beautiful woman in a sun dress caught my gaze. Her mysterious blue eyes lured me into her candle-lit apartment where she asked me to stay and told me to sit anywhere. So I looked around and I noticed there wasn’t a chair. I sat on a rug, biding my time, drinking her wine. We talked until two and then she said, “It’s time for bed.” Or maybe I was sitting at home listening to one of my favourite Beatles records. I lose track of time once I start digging into my old vinyls, and sometimes even enter some sort of parallel universe. Regardless, today proved to be quite an easy return to reality, when I discovered the release of a new track by ODESZA, one of my favourite electronic artists of the past year.
The duo, comprised of BeachesBeaches and Catacombkid, makes music that could best be described as a cold glass of ice tea on the last day of summer as the sun sets and you and a good friend reminisce about all the good times you had. Or falling in love for the first time, while on vacation at the beach. Or eating crackers and cheez whiz at your neighbours backyard BBQ. Ok, I think I missed that last one. But in terms of electronic music, ODESZA is to me, as beautiful as it gets. They released an album in 2012, Summer’s Gone (a perfect title) and a breathtaking EP My Friends Never Die, in 2013, who’s title track has been on repeat in my house since it came out. Their use of samples is surreal, and their dreamy, sun trickled melodies are lush, yet hard-hitting. And lucky for you (and me… and your cousins) all their music is up for free, just check the download links below. This newest release is off the Rat Pack compilation album, courtesy of record label Pilerats. Besides ODESZA, it contains previously unreleased material by Ryan Hemsworth, Electric Mantis, Sable, Trippy Turtle and a variety of other producers. I have yet to listen to the full piece, but with a lineup like that, I certainly look forward to it. For now, enjoy this beautiful ODESZA track and see if it carries you back to your last summer vacation, or to the last time your car staled and you had to get it towed to the garage. And I ruined it again, sorry folks, enjoy.
FREE DOWNLOAD of My Friend Never Die and Summer’s Gone: http://odesza.com/releases
FREE DOWNLOAD of Pilerats Rat Pack: http://pileratsrecords.bandcamp.com/