The last of singer-songwriter Odessa’s April residency at The Bootleg culminated in an album release show on Monday for her self-titled full-length debut. The album dropped Apr. 28.
Her album has been highly-anticipated since the release of the song “I Will Be There,” which was featured in ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy. Odessa played that song and many others from her new album to a solid crowd at The Bootleg.
Aside from “I Will Be There,” another favorite of the performance was “Hummed Low,” which happens to be the next single from Odessa. The song has a campfire feel to it as Odessa chanted “sing me baby home, sing me baby home, run baby, run baby, run baby, run” in the chorus.
Odessa has a certain Aimee Mann feel to her vocals, and there’s a reason she’s stepped into the spotlight now after having backed up bands like Edward Sharpe on violin in past years. Her harmonies have a folk rock feel to them but the songs are grounded in pop.
Odessa’s set Monday suggests to me that her album will be the perfect accompaniment to a long road trip. Her debut full-length album has been a long time coming according to the singer, and Monday was proof that good things come to those who have patience. It’ll be fun to see where Odessa’s career goes from here after wrapping up a solid residency at The Bootleg.
Words: Mark E. Ortega
Photography: Monique Hernandez