Last night, ODESZA took the stage – in all their light and sound glory – for night one of two in Montreal. Known for their highly immersive and visually-stimulating live performances, ODESZA’s sold-out show was nothing short of spectacularly rehearsed production, the kind we typically only get in stadium concerts. There were colorful visuals, intricate light design, and a custom stage setup, all choreographed to the soundtrack of the evening and often the performer’s own choreography. The Alternative Electronic duo was often joined on stage by 2 horn players and a drum-line (with several outfit changes.
The night opened with a semi-live performance from Louis Futon, an American electronic artist who closed his set with his new track “Restless Sea”. By the end of Futon’s set, the room was nearly full. Sofi Tukker, the “Best Friend” duo took the stage for a highly energetic set. After proclaiming she would come dance with whoever was dancing the most, Sophie Hawley-Weld jumped off stage and into the crowd joining fans to bust a move. Best known for their English-Portuguese track “Drinkee” which was nominated for Best Dance Recording at the 59th Grammy Awards, Sofi Tukker played one of the most energetic and well-received opening sets I’ve ever seen. Without a doubt, given their recent successes – including sync placement on the iPhone X commercial with “Best Friend” ft. Nervo, The Knocks and Alisa Ueno – and incredible live performance abilities, this is a band you want to check out if you haven’t already.
ODESZA’s A Moment Apart tour is in support of their third studio album by the same name. The highly anticipated album, featuring the vocals of Leon Bridges, Regina Spektor, RY X and Sasha Sloan, was ODESZA most ambitious and polished word to date. The album encapsulates a range of emotions and sounds, from energetic dance tracks to emotive ballads to cinematic breakdowns. And yet, it all fits together seamlessly.
ODESZA played A Moment Apart nearly in its entirety, mixed with hits off 2012’s Summer’s Gone, 2014’s In Return and a couple remixes. Between highly rehearsed production and choreography, they stopping a few times to thank the audience, express their love for Montreal and comment on how incredibly hyped and energetic the crowd was that evening. The entire concert was an immersive rollercoaster of bliss, in which fans found themselves smiling, dancing, lyric-belting and of course, filming the incredible production in between. It was cheesy in the best – and most cinematic – way possible.