A Moment Apart

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A Moment Apart
A Moment Alone Cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 8, 2017
Genre
Length56:06
Label
Producer
  • Harrison Mills
  • Clayton Knight
ODESZA chronology
In Return
(2014)
A Moment Apart
(2017)
Singles from A Moment Apart
  1. "Line of Sight"
    Released: April 25, 2017
  2. "Late Night"
    Released: April 25, 2017
  3. "Meridian"
    Released: June 12, 2017
  4. "Corners of the Earth"
    Released: June 12, 2017
  5. "Higher Ground"
    Released: July 11, 2017
  6. "Across The Room"
    Released: October 5, 2017

A Moment Apart is the third studio album by the American electronic music duo ODESZA, released on 8 September 2017 through Counter, Ninja Tune and the duo's own label, Foreign Family Collective.[1] It is the duo's first album in three years after their sophomore effort, In Return, and the first released through Foreign Family Collective.

The album was teased on March 2016 through social media. Afterwards, the singles "Line of Sight" and "Late Night" were released on 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 Grammy Awards.

Background[edit]

ODESZA, 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, as well as its imprint, Counter Records. In contrast with Summer's Gone, In Return favored vocal and lyrical content more than sampling.[2]

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."[3]

The duo revealed the production of the then-unannounced album through social media on March 2016.[4] Later that year, in December, three new compositions were played during the Day and Night Festival in Houston, Texas, of which one was the debut premiere of the song, "Late Night".[5]

Promotion[edit]

Multimedia[edit]

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.[6]

Singles and music videos[edit]

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.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9]

Artwork[edit]

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.[10]

Two of Middleton's works, Vespertine and Moth to a Flame, were also purchased by ODESZA and used as single artwork for "Line of Sight" and "Late Night", respectively.[10][11]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album charted at #3 in the United States in its first week.[12]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic65/100[15]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[13]
Clash Music6/10[14]
Exclaim!8/10[16]
Pitchfork5.8/10[17]
PopMatters6/10[18]

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.[15]

Paul Simpson of AllMusic gave the album a positive review and called it "the duo's most ambitious, widescreen work yet."[13] 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."[16]

From a polarized standpoint, Will Rosebury of 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."[17] Philip Sherburne of Pitchfork also was critical, stating that "the harder the band strive to reach sublimity, the more earthbound their music feels."[17]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written, produced & engineered by ODESZA (Harrison Mills & Clayton Knight), unless noted below.[19]

No.TitleWriter(s)Credit(s)Length
1."Intro"
  • Clayton Knight
  • Harrison Mills
 1:03
2."A Moment Apart"
  • Clayton Knight
  • Harrison Mills
Strings: Philip Sheppard3:54
3."Higher Ground" (featuring Naomi Wild)
  • Clayton Knight
  • Harrison Mills
Vocals: Naomi Wild, Lyrics/Vocal Arrangements:
3:35
4."Boy"
  • Clayton Knight
  • Harrison Mills
 3:03
5."Line of Sight" (featuring WYNNE & Mansionair)
  • Clayton Knight
  • Harrison Mills
  • Rory Wynne Andrew
  • Louis Bell
Vocals: WYNNE, Backing Vocals: Mansionair, Lyrics/Vocal Arrangements:
  • Rory Wynne Andrew
  • Louis Bell
  • Lachlan Bostock
  • Jack Froggatt
  • Alexander Nicholls
3:57
6."Late Night"
  • Harrison Mills
  • Clayton Knight
  • Kelcey Ayer
  • Matthew Frazier
  • Ryan Hahn
  • Andrew Hamm
  • Taylor Rice
 3:48
7."Across the Room" (featuring Leon Bridges)
  • Clayton Knight
  • Harrison Mills
Vocals: Leon Bridges, Lyrics/Vocal Arrangements: Todd Bridges4:43
8."Meridian"
  • Clayton Knight
  • Harrison Mills
 3:55
9."Everything at Your Feet" (featuring The Chamanas)
  • Clayton Knight
  • Harrison Mills
Vocals: The Chamanas, Trumpet: Brennan Carter, Lyrics/Vocal Arrangements:
3:28
10."Just a Memory" (featuring Regina Spektor)
  • Clayton Knight
  • Harrison Mills
Vocals & Lyrics/Vocal Arrangements: Regina Spektor, Guitar: Sean Kusanagi, Strings: Philip Sheppard3:56
11."Divide" (feat. Kelsey Bulkin)
  • Clayton Knight
  • Harrison Mills
Vocals & Lyrics/Vocal Arrangements: Kelsey Bulkin4:01
12."Thin Floors and Tall Ceilings"
  • Clayton Knight
  • Harrison Mills
 2:58
13."La Ciudad"
  • Clayton Knight
  • Harrison Mills
 4:31
14."Falls" (featuring Sasha Sloan)
  • Clayton Knight
  • Harrison Mills
Vocals: Sasha Sloan, Lyrics/Vocal Arrangements:
  • Sasha Sloan
  • Noonie Bao
  • Alexandra Cheatle
Additional Lyric: Reed Juenger
3:52
15."Show Me"
  • Clayton Knight
  • Harrison Mills
 3:38
16."Corners of the Earth" (featuring RY X)
  • Clayton Knight
  • Harrison Mills
Vocals: RY X, Lyrics/Vocal Arrangements: Ry Cuming, Choir Direction/Arrangements: Brennan Carter5:05
Total length:56:06

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[20] 13
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[21] 62
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[22] 59
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[23] 27
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[24] 60
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[25] 57
French Albums (SNEP)[26] 146
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[27] 32
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[28] 45
UK Albums (OCC)[29] 99
US Billboard 200[30] 3
US Top Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard)[31] 1

References[edit]

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