Odd Army – ‘Chrysalis, Become!’

A Los Angeles-based band comprising four longtime friends, Odd Army show a melodic rock sound with charismatic ’90s nostalgia. Their debut album, Chrysalis, Become!, succeeds with an expressive and escalating sound — produced by Will Turpin (Collective Soul) in Atlanta. Beyond the spacey and atmospheric “Mirages,” the album is abundant in steady rhythms and ardent guitar progressions, from more suave hooks in the vein of “Eye for an Eye” to growling anthemic frenzy on efforts like “Mighty Fine.”

The album’s finale, “Puzzles,” is also affecting in its range of dreamy introspection and impassioned rises. Lyrics reflect the struggles of letting a new person into your life, with the “piece by piece,” bridge hypnotizing with its soaring vocals and eventual breakthrough — “would you stay?” This is a wholly captivating album send-off, following an abundance of quality-written tracks that will appeal to anyone seeking a contagious, throwback-feeling ’90s rock energy.

“Puzzles” and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of September 2023’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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