At the start of 2018 when Mark was at his lowest, he confided in friend and musical accomplice Michael Strong. Michael and Mark worked together on various musical projects over the years (most notably they play together in The Disappointed).
What came next was surprising.Old ideas transformed, new music flooded in, and an unorthodox attitude to Odlaw songwriting made everything feel okay again. In the safety of Michael Strong, Mark experimented, tried to be brave, took risks, and had fun.
At the end of it all, when the smog settled on a lifetime of regrets, Odlaw made an album that feels more like them than anything else they've done prior. Mildly charming, slightly miserable, full of flaws, optimistic, a bit fucking strange, and mostly enjoyable.