GRAMMY-nominated duo ODESZA are back with a new track, their first in nearly four years, with ‘The Last Goodbye’ featuring vocals from blues and soul singer Bettye LaVette.
‘The Last Goodbye’ was produced by ODESZA after the duo discovered the vocals of Bettye LaVette in her 1965 song ‘Let Me Down Easy’.
The duo rebuilt the track by fusing cinematic sweeping synths and modern electronic sounds to complement the LaVette’s rich singing voice.
The single debuted on The Zane Lowe Show on Apple Music 1 following cryptic clues on ODESZA’s website teasing their eventual return to music.
“This song was born out of the concept of trying to bring these lasting, defining musical pieces like the 1965 release of ‘Let Me Down Easy’ by Bettye LaVette into a modern and contemporary electronic setting. The idea of bringing two worlds together, that at first seem distant, has always been something we’ve been drawn to. It was an absolute honour to be able to work with Bettye’s voice over the course of writing the track. She’s able to convey emotion with her vocal work unlike any other. To date, this has been one of the more fulfilling songs we’ve had the chance to work on as artists. We hope everyone who listens enjoys the track as much as we did making it.”
ODESZA consists of Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight. The duo released their critically acclaimed debut album Summer’s Gone in 2012, followed by 2014’s certified gold record, In Return, which debuted at the top of Billboard’s Dance/Electronic chart and featured the platinum single ‘Say My Name’ – a remix of the track by RAC was later nominated for a GRAMMY in 2016.
Their third album, A Moment Apart, was released in 2017 and is also gold certified, and earned them two GRAMMY nominations for Best Dance/Electronic Album and Best Dance Recording for the gold single ‘Line Of Sight’.
In 2018, they joined forces with Australian producer Golden Features (Tom Stell) for a brand new project titled BRONSON.
Their eponymous debut album was released in July 2020 to critical acclaim and featured collaborations with artists including Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, lau.ra and Gallant.
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