Friday night was an unfamiliar cold Perth night with wind and rain whipping under the tall metros entrance, shivering in our t-shirts we were getting ready to for ODESZA’s Perth side show of their full Australian Tour traveling around the country as a part of the 2016 Groovin the Moo. ODESZA brought the heat and delivered the exact level of top-notch indi-tronica that I have come to expect from the US production duo.
The scene was set by the supporting act Yahtzel, better known for being one half of the wild bass music combo Carmada, his solo project takes on a unique hip-hop infused dance sound full of those Aussie good vibes. The mid-tempo mixture of alternative electronica and bass mixed with classic 90s hip-hop cuts. Late in his 45-minute set he dropped a dope remix of Outkast’s “Ms. Jackson” that went off and sent everyone into a nostalgic boogie.
ODESZA came to the stage with their full tour ensemble including Clayton, Harrison, two brass players and guitarist. The crowd gave them a warm reception and the reach of their music had attracted all sorts of young indie dance lovers. They opened with the song “How Did I Get Here” and we were whisked off on our journey through their catalogue of eclectic original songs and remixes. The fullness of the brass really let the drums cut through without being over the top with bass or synths; that being said relying only on recorded and processed vocals is something that could be improved in the future.
The lengthy live instrumental set included their massive remix of Zhu – “Faded” and the huge single of their own “Say my Name ft. Zyra”. It was an amazing live performance that has expanded upon the crisp studio production and grown into a substantial live show of music, lighting and visuals. The venue was set well for the type of music, there was a canopy that covered the top floors of Metro City that reflected the bright lights and really lifted the atmosphere for a venue that can sometimes be a bit too cavernous and gloomy.
Overall ODESZA’s full five piece live show was an awesome instrumental performance pushing forward electronica and live indi-tronica with more analog instruments. It was creative in audio and visual but could have been enhanced by one or more live vocalists, or some sort of live vocal from Harrison or Clayton themselves. I’m looking forward to hearing some new releases from ODESZA and wish them all the best for the long tour ahead.