Odesza will visit the Rex Wednesday, February 5, alongside Emancipator and Real Magic. Consider this a warm-up for the duo, who the swing out west to headline a tour of their own March and April.
Odesza is Harrison Mills (aka Catacombkid) and Clayton Knight (BeachesBeaches), two beatmakers who combined forces after graduating from Western Washington University a few years back. Their mix of downtempo and trip-hop with ambient noise and clatter brings to mind RJD2, especially their track "How Did I Get Here," which samples Lily Allen's "22." But then you hear a track like "iPlayYouListen," a brighter piece with synths and piano, and you realize the guys are just beginning to sculpt their own sound.
Here's the video for "My Friends Never Die," which is off the EP of the same name. (The EP is available as a free download off the band's website, odesza.com)
The duo have played some of the bigger summer festivals, including Sasquatch, in their home state of Washington, and California's Lightning In A Bottle. Not bad for a partnership still in its infancy.
It should be an fun night of music and dancing. Emancipator will perform with a four-piece live band that he's calling Emancipator Ensemble.
We have two tickets to giveaway for the show. To enter, email your name to pghmusicreport [at] gmail.com, and put "odesza" in the subject line. We'll let you know if you won.
– B. Conway