ODESZA are back with a charming new track after a 4-year long hiatus.
“The Last Goodbye” features a sample from Bettye LaVette’s 1965 track “Let Me Down Easy.” The track clocks in at 6-minutes and takes the listeners through a true journey of sound.
“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,” ODESZA says in a statement. “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 honor 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 pushed this new track quite heavily on social media leading up to its release. The teaser video below is a collage of old videos from childhood.
Give “The Last Goodbye” a listen below.
The track opens with a beautiful ethereal feel. LaVette’s vocals come in and complement the underlying progression flawlessly. As her voice carries into the chorus with more energetic vocals, ODESZA unleash a filtered pluck that flows into the drop. The duo sprinkle in LaVette’s vocals throughout with filters and delays. While there’s a lot of power in this track, fans may be surprised at the different tonal route they took for this track. It’s a little different than their usually massive sound.