ODESZA has always looked skyward. Since its 2012 debut full-length Summer’s Gone, the Seattle duo of Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight has marshalled a breathtaking array of expansive dance sounds and distilled them through a distinctly crystalline filter into a singularly beautiful and staggering imprint. On their forthcoming third LP A Moment Apart, due September 8 on Ninja Tune, Mills and Knight look to further their deep space exploration in a more impressively soulful way. Today, the duo unfurled a new single “Corners of the Earth (feat, RY X)”, which plays like the perfect herald of the big reveal to come.
“Corners of the Earth” is essentially a love song and a very high-stakes one at that. Mirroring the sprawl of its space-enveloping sonics, the lyrics are a statement of intent from one lover to another. As pristine folds of airy sounds swell into the proportions of a chorus, Australian singer-songwriter RY X, in focused, eyes-closed soul, defines just how huge this pledge of love is: “Tonight we run / We run into the sun”. One of the greatest gifts of ODESZA’s music is its sheer evocative power. Here, the vastness of the song and myriad of twinkling textures bring to mind colossal expanses of starlit sky, a mental image that draws on the strong emotional valence from RY X’s voice and its contents for its affecting grandiosity.
But this is not a merely filigreed showpiece. Midway through the song, a slew of drum tracks enters the mix and further blesses the ethereality of the proceedings with a kinetic thump. This coincides with the song’s concluding verse, which is, “We’re golden“, repeated four times, before ending abruptly with a receding knocking sound that fades into total silence. There’s no drama here, no conflict. Just a simple, openhearted proclamation of love that resounds throughout the heavens. Whoever this missive was intended for should count themselves lucky for its existence.