Odeville – Phoenix

 

Released: 15/01/2016 GER

Odeville are from Germany and have potential. The first time I heard from Odeville was around 2009 or 2010. Simply somewhere around the time the band’s debut album “I Am Tourist” saw its release. That was also the only album to feature English lyrics.
Their latest album “Phoenix” just got released this week and we took a look at it.
Well, not only a look. We took a listen as well, of course!

Disclaimer: I won’t provide translations of the German parts this time. I’m sorry.

The opener’s called “Kinder der Stadt”. A very solid track that doesn’t necessarily stand out, but still has the ability to catch you with it’s everything. It perfectly introduces you to what’s about to come next.
Leuchtreklamenpoesie” follows and kinda takes the mood from the previous track. At least that’s the first thing I thought on the first listen. “Leuchtreklamenpoesie” is quite an average Indie song and Odeville try to change that in the last moments, but the expected highlight just doesn’t happen. I can say the same thing about “Die Letzte deiner Art” too. Add cheesy lyrics to the latter.

The first single off “Phoenix” is entitled “Lichtblick” and look! There we have that ultimate German Indie Rock anthem of the year! “Lichtblick” was a big grower for me though, but the more I listened to it, the more it got me. And that means something!
Then we’ve got “Mutiges Herz” and this one radiates with energy. Suppressed energy. Everything in this track just wants to burst, but for some reason it gets blocked by something. Something that just doesn’t give way to what this track is all about. Do you understand what I talk about?

After these two tracks, we’ve got “Irgendwo im Nirgendwo”. But don’t worry. You won’t end up somewhere in the middle of nowhere. “Phoenix” just got times better with this one.

“Alle anderen versprechen sich die Sterne… Ich schenk’ dir den nächsten Mondbesuch.”
– A line you can pull up only in German without sounding stupid as fuck.

Bis es Morgen wird” didn’t really surprise, cause we all have probably heard something comparable before. Especially if you live in German-speaking area.
But it’s still a very catchy track. Except I would most likely skip it on my iPod.
Phoenix” comes up next and to be honest, I was looking forward to the next song which happens to be “Passagier”. It turned out to be okay.
Okay. That’s all.

And if you thought that this album will end up being just “okay”… “Feuertaufe” comes up and I can say that this is definitely the best song off “Phoenix”. No questions asked.
1987” is the last one you’ll hear for now. The final part of this album, perfectly summing it all up.
Everything’s alright and you know that.

 

 

Phoenix” is the most ambitious Odeville record. If you’re looking for an album which perfectly defines modern Indie Rock, “Phoenix” is definitely worth checking out.
You’ll mostly find pretty attractive songs that will definitely hook you, but I missed something and I still didn’t figure out what it was.
Anyway, “Phoenix” is a solid record which definitely won’t leave you cold when the mood is right.

Personal favorites:

  • Lichtblick
  • Mutiges Herz
  • Irgendwo im Nirgendwo
  • Feuertaufe

Take a Listen:

 

Rating:
★★★★★★☆☆☆☆

 

Written by M. Nyman-Sramkova – 01/2016

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