SINGLE REVIEW: Odette – Amends

Odette’s sophomore studio album ‘Herald’ will be finally unveiled on February 5, but in the lead-up to the release she’s already showcased a strong sonical experimentation and personal exploration through the acclaimed singles ‘Dwell’ and ‘Feverbreak’ featuring Hermitude. And she’s ready to add another one into the mix with one of her strongest and most captivating tracks yet. 

‘Amends’ is a song that will have you mesmerised during the very first listen. Opening with atmospheric synthesiser and an instantly engaging rhythmic beat, the production builds with the addition of trumpets, flute and saxophone to give you this very bold and anthemic soundscape that evolves right up until the final chorus. 

The journey of making amends with herself and people around her is explored through realising that she was hurting herself and treating others with cruel disregard because of a battle of unwellness she was fighting. This could be interpreted in so many different ways, and people will adapt their own meanings whether it be depression, alcoholism, other mental health battles, or general loss of way. And with her vivid storytelling and emotional unravelling, listeners will take comfort within her words. 

“I don’t want to rush. I need to take my time. I want to learn to love myself again, right now, tonight” she candidly confesses during the anthemic hook. 

‘Amends’ has immediately become one of my favourite Odette tracks yet, and once you listen and watch the accompanying music video I think you will understand why. It’s a special spiritual journey that is all about learning to love yourself again even when it seems impossible, and that should be celebrated.