ODESZA has released a brand new single and video, ‘Light Of Day (feat. Ólafur Arnalds)’, giving fans a final taste of what’s to come ahead of their new album, ‘The Last Goodbye’, released this Friday, 22 July via Foreign Family Collective/Ninja Tune. Listen to the single here, watch the video below and pre-order the album here.
The track is a cinematic escape that transforms from a futuristic piano-driven ballad into a more complex electronic sound with a vocal courtesy of Stephen Ambrose. The song is a collaboration between GRAMMY-nominated duo ODESZA, Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight, and longtime friend and Icelandic instrumentalist Ólafur Arnalds – who created the orchestral foundation of the song. The vocal pulls from a folk song Ambrose released in 1972 called ‘Mary’. Ambrose is also a pioneer in the audio world, responsible for paving the way for touring musicians with his invention and development of the first wireless in-ear monitors, which are now found on stages around the world.
ODESZA says: “’Light of Day’ was one of the first songs off the record we finished. It served as a bookend for the record and really, a guiding light for the project as a whole. This song started with Ólafur, an incredible artist and longtime friend, sending an initial idea our way. The vocal sample is from a 1970s folk song titled ‘Mary’ that we discovered digging through old records featuring Stephen Ambrose. We see that vocal as a slow building mantra of sorts, something we hoped would evoke this feeling of being at peace.”
Balázs says: “I was fascinated by the idea of this very old character who gets rejuvenated in a sense during his struggle to experience something magical. This film is about focusing on the values of life and not giving in to the pressures we face each day. I wanted to harness the immersive qualities of 3D animation, but also make it more painterly than usual. So we developed an experimental rendering system – complete with custom light equations and surface analysis – that reinterpreted our scenes with paint strokes. The result is a mixture of hand painted backgrounds, in camera effects, motion capture and tens of thousands of algorithmic brush strokes in each frame.”