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New Music Critique: Ode

Production8
Lyrics7
Music7
Vocals8
Musicianship8
7.6

Hard to categorize, Ode is a Chicago quintet led by a pair of brothers whose Bosnian heritage results in music that makes a truly unique impact. Built on a dark rock foundation, the band’s sound has steady shifts in mood and tone and can veer toward Eastern European/world music territory (“Back In Town”), then get eerily theatrical, proggish and vaguely jazzy (“Hotel Bristol”) as well as upbeat, catchy and riff-heavy (“Let Me In”). On each well-recorded song, the playing is muscular and firm—no nonsense, no flash—and supports the super-strident vocals quite well. All in all, Ode are onto something distinctive—they’re not for everybody, and that’s what makes them stand out.

Contact: palosina@hotmail.com
Web: odemusic.com
Seeking: Film/TV, Label
Style: Indie Rock