The Sweet Talkers Break Out with “Electric Affair”

Oklahoma City band The Sweet Talkers released their debut EP, Electric Affair, today, May 31st. It was recorded with Johnny Manchild, who will be making an appearance to play keys for one of the songs at their next performance. The band describes themselves as Alt-Rock and New Wave with influences from The Killers, New Order, and Joy Division.

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The Odyssey Talks “Lately”

Shortly after celebrating their single, “Love You Back” reaching 50k streams, The Odyssey released their newest single, “Lately”. In a brief interview, the band’s Cobey Brown discussed the song.

When describing the song, Brown claimed it was “interpretable”. The song is supposed to be about liking someone but not having the confidence to go after them. However, when recording it, Brown began to change it slightly to have an alternate meaning.

“When I wrote it, it was about an experience I hadn’t had,” he explained. “As we recorded the song, I actually had it.”

Going through the actual experience made him want to incorporate the emotions he felt. So, a double meaning was added; instead of just simply telling a story about a girl, he tries to portray what people show the world versus what they feel inside.

When listening to the song, you can hear this.

The beginning introduces the problem. He feels his “confidence shaking” as he tries to get close to this girl. Yet, at the same time, the song describes the turmoil of emotions spinning inside while he acts like everything is fine on the outside.

Every moment of the song is a big one. The lyrics are powerful and relatable; the melody is catchy and fitting. This apparently was the plan; Brown shared his goal with me of making every fifteen seconds contain something memorable.

The point of doing that is so people can listen to the entirety of the song. Instead of listening for one line or one piece of instrumental or even for just the chorus, he wants people to enjoy every moment of the song.

With “Lately,” I would say he accomplished exactly that. The song is one to be played on repeat; you won’t be able to just listen to it once.

Listen to “Lately” on all music streaming sites and make sure to follow The Odyssey on all social media to keep up with upcoming events.

Lone Wild Releases Debut Self-Titled Album

On Friday, April 5th, Lone Wild released their debut album, Lone Wild. The album consists of fourteen songs and lasts about fifty-one minutes. Three of the fourteen songs included are a prelude (“Lone Wild”), an interlude (“Homa”), and a postlude (“Feel the Love”).

The entirety of the album can only be described as dance rock. With catchy, upbeat tunes and the hint of 80’s influence, the band throws themselves into the increasingly popular alternative pop genre.

Beginning with the prelude, “Lone Wild,” the album starts with distant voices speaking incoherently. Sixteen seconds later, “Danger Cat” begins playing. Lyrics describing hunting a “danger cat” are chased with steady beats and a suspenseful melody.

“Stranger Ways” is the next track to play. Dreamlike vocals paired with a swaying melody make for an almost seductive draw as the vocalist bemoans the movement of his partner.

The next few songs continue to employ the dance-rock, pop influenced style that bands like the 1975, Bleachers, and Bad Suns have found successful. The music is the kind that contains somewhat serious themes but hides them under a preppy dance blanket of sound.

“Wild Child” is the best example of that preppy dance blanket. From the start, feet are tapping and fingers are snapping. By the middle of the song, it’s pretty much a guarantee to be singing “I’m a wild child/you can’t tame me.” It’s the kind of song that deserves to be shouted while spinning in dizzying circles; it’s the kind of song that will eventually become someone’s anthem.

The following songs are the warm, spinning “Up with the Sun,” the warning of “Spitfire,” and the disco-reminiscent “Sequin Dress.” Each one of these is entirely different from the others, but they are all heavy on keys and inspire their own moves – whether the moves are the spinning of the sunny 7th track or the finger-snapping of a “spitfire” or the kind found at a disco.

“Homa,” the interlude, breaks up the songs with the recording of a phone call in a different language, one of their songs playing in the background. From what I can tell, there is no specific purpose of the split other than to give a background and some additional color. It does lead into the next song, “Seasons,” though.

One of the slower tracks off of the album, “Seasons” is a love song that compares love to different aspects of the seasons. The whole five minutes and sixteen seconds is a beautiful, wistful melody of someone yearning for a reunion with their loved one.

Much like the ending score to a movie, “Feel the Love” ties the whole album up in under a minute. The postlude brings images of the main character of a movie disappearing into the sunset to mind – the perfect “GOODBYE” or “See you later!”

Altogether, the album is beautifully done.

Check out Lone Wild on all social media and music streaming sites.