"A Moment Apart" is the third studio album by Seattle electronic music duo ODESZA, released on September 8, 2017. This album is the first to be released under their new label Foreign Family Collective.
The album starts in enigmatic fashion with a snippet from the 2011 film, Another Earth where the character played by Brit Marling relays a tale about a Russian Cosmonaut who chose to fall in love with the incessant knocking he heard in his spacecraft. It’s a compelling opening that teases you in before quickly segueing into first song proper “A Moment Apart”. Here clean, piano chords, gently plucked banjo strings, and warped, pitched vocal samples are layered together, quickly hitting fifth gear to become a dazzling, colourful EDM club tune. The duo demonstrate their astute understanding of the dance music crowd as they drop back down to neutral and allow simple piano chords to tick over before the crackle of crisp percussion sees the track move back through the gears. It’s a warm, sunny tune perfect for simply celebrating life itself.
ODESZA have created an energetic and slick EDM album that offers something new and original in a very crowded scene. However, by cramming so many songs onto the album, the quality inevitable begins to dip and later songs stick too rigidly to a formula that served earlier songs more effectively. When the duo do hit their stride, they show a natural ability to write tight, late summer floor fillers, with a number of tunes set to pack out dance festivals for years to come.
Reviewed by Paul Carr for popmatters.com.