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''A Moment Apart'' is the third studio album by the American
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duo
ODESZA Odesza (; stylized as ODESZA) is an American electronic music duo originating from Bellingham, Washington. It consists of Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight, known individually as Catacombkid and BeachesBeaches. They formed in 2012, shortly befor ...
, released on 8 September 2017 through Counter,
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and the duo's own label, Foreign Family Collective. It is the duo's first album in three years after their second album, '' In Return,'' and the first released through Foreign Family Collective. The album was teased in March 2016 through social media. Afterwards, the singles "Line of Sight" and "Late Night" were released in April 2017 as the lead singles. Following the album's announcement in June, "Meridian" and "Corners of the Earth" were released as the third and fourth singles. "Higher Ground", the fifth single, was released in July and "Across The Room", the sixth and final single, was released in October. The album features contributions from Leon Bridges, Kelsey Bulkin, The Chamanas, Mansionair, Sasha Sloan, Regina Spektor, Naomi Wild, WYNNE and RY X. The album received positive reviews from critics, with praise toward its production values and composition, and debuted at #3 on the ''Billboard 200''. The album was nominated for Best Dance/Electronic Album, with "Line of Sight" nominated for Best Dance Recording, at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, 60th Grammy Awards.


Background

ODESZA Odesza (; stylized as ODESZA) is an American electronic music duo originating from Bellingham, Washington. It consists of Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight, known individually as Catacombkid and BeachesBeaches. They formed in 2012, shortly befor ...
, both Harrison Mills (Catacombkid) and Clayton Knight (BeachesBeaches), self-released their debut studio album, ''Summer's Gone'', in September 2012. Two years later, they released their sophomore effort, '' In Return'', in September 2014. It was their debut release on a record label,
Ninja Tune Ninja Tune is an English independent record label based in London. It has a satellite office in Los Angeles. It was founded by Matt Black and Jonathan More, better known as Coldcut and managed by Peter Quicke and others. Inspired by a visit to ...
, as well as its imprint, Counter Records. In contrast with ''Summer's Gone'', '' In Return'' favored vocal and lyrical content more than Sampling (music), sampling. In November 2015, when asked about their third album, Harrison Mills stated that "we can obviously make '' In Return'' again, which maybe some people want and expect, but we don’t want to do that. The big thing is deciding what the next album should be, because we have so many ideas." The duo revealed the production of the then-unannounced album through social media in March 2016. Later that year, in December, three new compositions were played during the Day for Night Festival in Houston, Houston, Texas, of which one was the debut premiere of the song, "Late Night".


Promotion


Multimedia

In April 2017, ODESZA's Spotify artist page contained a playlist titled "...._/.._ _ _.....", which translates from Morse code to "4/25". After fan speculation, the duo released a video on Facebook the day prior to confirm the release of music on April 25.


Singles and music videos

On April 25, 2017, "Line of Sight", which guest features WYNNE and Mansionair, and "Late Night" were released as the lead singles from the album. With the announcement of the ''A Moment Apart'' on June 12, "Meridian" and '"Corners of the Earth", with RY X, were released as the third and fourth singles from the album. "Higher Ground", featuring Naomi Wild, was released on July 11 as the fifth single. On October 9, "Across The Room", featuring vocals from Leon Bridges, was released as the sixth single from the album. A music video for "Late Night" was released on May 25, 2017, composed of video footage sent in by fans. The song "A Moment Apart" appeared in ''Forza Horizon 4'' as the main title theme, as it plays while the camera pans around a McLaren Senna driving through the British countryside, as it changes through all four seasons. The song also appears on the Horizon Pulse radio station within the game, alongside another track from this album, "Late Night". Youtuber Eugene Lee Yang used "A Moment Apart" in his 'I am Gay' coming out music video, along with "Intro" from the same album. "La Ciudad", a non-single, was featured in the soccer video game ''FIFA 18''. ''Fate: The Winx Saga'' used the title track, "A Moment Apart" in Season 1, Episode 6 when Bloom, the main character, taps into her powers in a battle scene.


Artwork

The album cover was shot by English photographer Seanen Middleton, with the artwork design being accredited to Middleton, Harrison Mills and Michelle Gadeken. It features a woman, Rachel Putt, a fellow friend of Middleton, standing on a rocky incline, an orange line of light crossing out her eyes. The location where the cover was photographed was in Hodge Close, located in the Lake District of Northern England. Two of Middleton's works, ''Vespertine'' and ''Moth to a Flame'', were also purchased by
ODESZA Odesza (; stylized as ODESZA) is an American electronic music duo originating from Bellingham, Washington. It consists of Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight, known individually as Catacombkid and BeachesBeaches. They formed in 2012, shortly befor ...
and used as single artwork for "Line of Sight" and "Late Night", respectively.


Commercial performance

The album charted at #3 in the United States in its first week.


Reception

''A Moment Apart'' received generally positive reviews from critics, with significant praise (and slight criticism) towards the album's composition and production values. It has an assigned normalized rating of 65 out of 100 based on 6 critical reviews, indicating 'generally favorable reviews' from the review aggregator Metacritic. Paul Simpson of AllMusic gave the album a positive review and called it "the duo's most ambitious, widescreen work yet." Dylan Barnabe, reviewing for ''Exclaim!'', also praised the album, commenting that "both sides complement one another and make for a fully realized album filled with beautiful soundscapes and dreamy vocals." From a polarized standpoint, Will Rosebury of Clash (magazine), ''Clash Music'' stated that it felt "stretched, verging on indulgent given the lack of variety" and concluded that it "fall[s] slightly short of the mark." Philip Sherburne of ''Pitchfork (website), Pitchfork'' also was critical, stating that "the harder the band strive to reach sublimity, the more earthbound their music feels."


Track listing

All tracks written, produced & engineered by ODESZA (Harrison Mills & Clayton Knight), unless noted below.''Deluxe Edition''


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References

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