Emotions ran high at Odesza’s final show of their A Moment Apart tour Saturday night (July 27) at Los Angeles State Historic Park... like, really high. When singer Naomi Wild, part of a rotating cast of guest artists who joined production duo Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight onstage throughout their live set, got to the final verse of her song “Higher Ground,” her voice caught, and she didn’t hold back her tears.
It was an endearing, and telling, moment in a spectacular show complete with a full drumline, surprise guests and fireworks that lit up the balmy night sky.
Watching Odesza is more akin to watching an orchestra than attending a typical dance music show; the group has perfected the art of visual and sonic stimulation. There’s a narrative through-line to their visuals, albeit somewhat vague -- something about Russian cosmonauts? -- and enough live instrumentation (horns! trombones! violas!) to stay soul-connected through the synth. It’s been a whirlwind two years for Odesza, between the release of the twice Grammy-nominated 2017 album A Moment Apart, countless tour dates across the globe, major festival spots and the launch of their own music festival, Sundara. And this show felt like the electronic music at its best: pumping, energetic, awe-inspiring, unrelentingly booty-shaking.