Today, Odessa shares her beautiful new album, All Things. Be sure to check the album out on NPR’s New Music Friday. This Sunday, 11/17, Odessa will be playing an album release show in Los Angeles at Club Tee Gee.
Odessa was at a low point. Her record deal had crumbled, her savings account was depleted, and, worst of all, her creative well had run dry. With pressure mounting on all sides and nowhere to call home, she decided to head for the hills, moving into a secluded house at the top of a mountain where she could get away from the music business and focus on what really mattered.
“The picture I’d painted was melting,” she explains. “Nothing had gone the way I thought it would, and I genuinely didn’t know what to do.”
It was on top of that mountain, looking out over Los Angeles with the kind of calm and perspective that can only come from a healthy distance, that Odessa’s muse unexpectedly returned. Over the course of the next three months, she wrote at a remarkable pace, penning a series of increasingly gorgeous, revelatory songs that would go on to form the bedrock of her stunning new album, All Things. Produced in tandem by Jonathan Wilson (Father John Misty, Conor Oberst), Wilco’s Pat Sansone, and Spoon’s Jim Eno, the collection is both psychologically raw and emotionally mature, a graceful meditation on acceptance and perseverance that’s fueled by ethereal vocals and elegant string arrangements. It’s a work of catharsis and release, to be sure, but more than that, it’s the sound of a songwriter rediscovering herself, of an artist reclaiming the strength and promise she’d all but forgotten she possessed.
A California native, Odessa first gained recognition as a sidewoman playing violin with the likes of Rayland Baxter and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes before launching her solo career with the breakout single “I Will Be There” in 2012. Upon landing in a prominent Subaru ad campaign, the track became the year’s most-searched song on Shazam, and the buzz surrounding it helped Odessa score a major label record deal for her self-titled debut, which came out to a rapturous response in 2015. The New York Times hailed Odessa’s music as “an emanation of California spaciousness,” while Paste called her songwriting “delicate and beguiling,” and Harper’s Bazaar dubbed her “the coolest singer-songwriter you haven’t heard of yet.” Songs from the album, meanwhile, racked up roughly 40 million streams on Spotify, soundtracked popular series like Grey’s Anatomy and Hart of Dixie, and landed Odessa her first national television appearance. She toured relentlessly in support of the record, too, performing both headline dates and support slots with everyone from Conor Oberst and Jenny Lewis to Bret Dennen and The Lone Bellow.
11/17 – Los Angeles, CA – Club Tee Gee (release show)