Oddnesse is a Los Angeles, CA-based collaboration between musician and singer/songwriter Rebeca Arango and producer Grey Goon, and if you’ve been frequenting this website over the past few months, you may recall that the project can trace its origins to a number of simultaneous coincidences — both members relocating from the East Coast to Los Angeles, haunted by the ghosts of expensive degrees in music seemingly being wasted and unused, failed bands and collaborations and countless gigs at Cake Shop and other venues, as well as a mutually shared vision of infectious, beautiful music with a dark, heavy groove. Interestingly, the project began much like how countless projects begin with Goon and Arago occasionally stopping by the studio to jam together but after some time, the duo realized that had something and began to take it much more seriously.
Earlier this year, I wrote about “Are You Down,” a Mazzy Star and early 90s Brit Pop-like single that paired Arango’s sultry, self-assured yet laid back crooning with a moody and sleek production featuring shimmering guitar chords, a sinuous and propulsive groove and a soaring hook — with a come hither vibe. As the duo’s Rebeca Arango explained in press notes, “Are You Down,” is her “Pina Colada” song, as “it’s a very confident and laid-back anticipation of my next lover, where I’m getting specific about calling in someone, who can match my energy and approach to life. The question of going ‘slow’ isn’t about romantic pacing per-se (though that is important), it’s more about generally moving slow, never rushing to pack in too much all at once or getting anxious about ‘missing out,’ and preferring to to sink in and explore the depths of all things.”
The duo’s latest single “I Used To” is an atmospheric and meditative track featuring an ethereal arrangement consisting of twangy, guitar chords, gently droning synths with Arango’s crooning vocals ethereally gliding over the the surface and while nodding at 80s New Wave and pop, there’s a subtle alt-country leaning to a song that has a rather cinematic vibe. As the duo’s Rebeca Arango explains in press notes, the song comes from a rather personal experience: “I had driven alone from LA to Utah and back twice. I absolutely loved it, in the way I’ve always loved the independence of no one needing me, no one expecting me, no one to confer with about where I might stop, when I might leave, if I might come back. I was grateful on those trips (as one usually is) for the dissolution of a relationship I had been overly attached to. I was grateful that my mind was clear and that I had the experience to myself. I was happy. I didn’t need to know what was next.” And as a result, the song buzzes with an anticipation over a new, unseen future.