The show had been sold out for over a week. The only way to purchase a ticket was through individuals charging three times the original price, and even redistribution sites weren’t offering tickets. Luckily we just interviewed the boys weeks before at CRSSD Festival in San Diego!

As I endlessly drove looking for parking, I could see that the line for the show stretched nearly all the way around the Glass House, a historic venue in Pomona, California. The event was essentially a warm up for the members of ODESZA, itching to perform at Coachella. The show had support slots from deep house master Lane 8 and one-man band Robert Delong. Both artists set the stage nicely, as they introduced the audience to their own vibrant sounds. With rather unique styles, Lane 8 and Delong were both successful in getting the crowd moving before ODESZA even took the stage. A difficult task for opening acts. Each artist achieved this in different ways: Lane 8 got the crowd dancing and shuffling through the deep sounds of Anjunadeep artists, while Delong had the audience grooving through his unique performance with an arsenal of MIDI interfaces and controllers at his disposal. After their sets ended, it felt like an eternity before the much awaited duo comprising ODESZA took the stage, but once they did, they commanded the attention of the audience from beginning to end.

With a seamless mix, the duo treated the set as if this event was their only performance of the week. A surely smaller setting compared to their upcoming Coachella set, they adapted the tracklist successfully in order to please the intimate crowd. Though they mostly played songs with more relaxed vibes, they were still able to pull of dropping dance-oriented songs such as their own original hit, “Say My Name“. The duo also did a fantastic job of blending music from all their releases, showing that while their style has changed over time, they have managed to remain masters of their own unique sound. The crowd was well versed in the music of the duo, as they could often been seen playing their own air pianos, or singing along to any song that was played. In a time when many people attend shows just to say they went, it was nice to see that well known artists can still attract genuine crowds that are fans of the music.

I had yet to personally see an ODESZA set, but I can now understand why their set had a larger crowd than David Guetta during their respective Weekend 1 Coachella sets. The duo were an energetic bunch that knew how to prevent the crowd from getting bored (as if that would be possible in the first place).

Whether they turned the music down to speak, or just clearly enjoying themselves on stage, the energy they gave out got the audience moving. In addition to the music itself, the visuals were nicely put together and complemented their set very well.

Though there were many high points of the night: the most energetic point in the set happened at the end as they played their current ID. Starting off with the usual, chill ODESZA style, the track featured sidechained pads and chopped vocals. The crowd was completely unprepared for what was about to happen next: rising from the pads came a brass-type synth with a heavy melody. When the hook dropped, the crowd erupted into disbelief. Numerous people around me were convinced that the track was not even ODESZA. With a much heavier hook than normal, the track had the crowd cheering and screaming for nearly the entire song. Though it was a different style than their normal production, this banger got the entire crowd moving and smiles could be seen across the venue. Most comparable to the sounds found in the hooks of “Tell Me” by What So Not and RL Grime, as well as “I Want U” by Alison Wonderland, the ID is an absolute monster. Listen to the track in the video above, people are freaking out…

We here at Electric Sloth are anticipating the release of the track and will keep you updated on news regarding the ID.

Check out our Interview with Odesza on Youtube.

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