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Odesza odyssey
Odesza. Picture: Marybeth Coghill

Seattle production duo Odesza have been making waves ever since coming together two years ago at Washington University.

They've just completed a four-month odyssey across the States, spreading the goodwill of their dreamy melodies, thumping basslines and falsetto vocals, and Circo Festival is the first opportunity the duo has had to play outside of North America.

Harrison "Catacombkid" Mills says he and production partner Clayton "BeachesBeaches" Knight have had the boutique WA-only festival on their radars since last year.

"I looked at it last year. There was actually a potential that we were going to go to Australia, I saw the scene was growing and Circo had a really cool line-up last year and now there's a lot of people I'm big fans of that are playing, so I'm very excited," he says.

While the chilled-out tracks on their My Friends Never Die EP of late last year suggest their material might be more suited for the morning after, Mills says they up the energy for their live show.

"We make sure to have a lot of energy when we play live, there's definitely dance sections and songs start slower and there's a consistent build throughout the set, and we have heavier- hitting stuff," he says.

The duo are hard at work on their next studio album. The first taste of the LP, single Sun Models, recently debuted through Perth online magazine Pilerats.

It features vocals from Detroit singer Madelyn Grant, who Mills says they recruited through social media.

"We posted on Facebook over a year ago saying 'Hey, if you're a vocalist post some singing and we'll try to work with you' and she hit us up with an email

and showed us some of her work," he recalls. "So we played around with her vocals and put them on the track."

Odesza also recently received a notoriety boost when their remix of Pretty Lights' Lost and Found appeared on the soundtrack to Divergent alongside Ellie Goulding, Tame Impala, M83 and Skrillex.

"The line-up of artists that are on that album are all really huge influential people that are all really bigger than us, so to be along those lines of those people is really cool and is definitely humbling for sure," Mills says.

The West Australian

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