Rising talent Odsen recently made an especially memorable debut on our imprint, with the contribution of the hauntingly beautiful “Heights” to our “Summer Selections 07” EP. It is our great privilege to now present “Forgive And Forget,” the Spanish composer’s first fully loaded EP on our imprint. A four-track affair, it features smooth, deep-progressive grooves and indelibly poignant atmospheres.
Odsen’s new EP begins with “For You,” which centers on a steady house groove, a recurring piano theme, and, most prominently, a hypnotic vocal theme, which coquettishly induces the listener to proceed ever deeper into the arrangement. In the main breakdown, the tantalizing string and piano motifs receive the full spotlight, thereby further building anticipation for the cathartic final drop sequence to follow. In the song’s closing minutes, the return of the main vocal theme offers the sensual fulfillment of a long-awaited reunion with a lost lover.
A resonant bassline underpins the evocative “In My Bones,” which once again features a repeating (and truly intoxicating) vocal motif. Meanwhile, celestial synths offer a rapturous aural backdrop. At the song’s midpoint, Odsen reveals a much fuller vocal refrain, which includes the emotionally incisive, repeating phrase “don’t take away the best of me.” Suddenly, the central groove roars back into the mix, this time backed by a gorgeous new piano motif. The final minutes of this composition are simply transcendent.
The wondrous title cut, “Forgive And Forget,” has a certain hop to its step and is imbued with the romantic, florid hues of a late-summer picnic. A variety of melodic layers coalesce to create an ornate tapestry of acoustic, orchestral, and synthesized instrumental themes, all of which drip with romance and sweet melancholy. An extended main breakdown section of the arrangement begins with stirring piano notes and string motifs; in an especially climactic sequence, just before the drop, Odsen delivers a brand new lead synth theme, which is surrounded by echoing female vocals. Ultimately, the groove triumphantly returns, and the airy vocals, backed by deeply affecting cello and piano themes, prove mesmerizing.
Odsen closes out the unforgettable “For You” EP with “Onism,” a reference to the uncanny feeling of being stuck in one’s own body, without the opportunity to realize the full scope of human experience available on Earth. Unlike the other songs on the release, “Onism” is a cinematic, downtempo piece with minimal percussive elements; only a slow, plodding beat -- reminiscent of one’s deliberately slow, early-morning gait -- propels the track forward. Mellifluous, delicate piano keystrokes and guitar strumming are later joined by a variety of other melodic flourishes, including sweeping strings and humming vocal effects. The listener’s heart sings throughout this gorgeous piece, which, contrary to the title’s meaning, reminds us that even just one life can be touched by a ceaseless amount of love and beauty.