GRAMMY-nominated electronic groundbreakers ODESZA are teasing their eagerly anticipated forthcoming album ‘The Last Goodbye’ (out 22nd July via Foreign Family Collective/Ninja Tune, pre-order HERE) with their latest release, ‘Wide Awake’ featuring Charlie Houston. Listen to the track HERE.
Charlie’s vocals opens the song while an understated percussive section enters the fold, followed by the swirling of more distant vocals and deftly layered electronic flourishes.
ODESZA comments: “What we like about ‘Wide Awake’ is it feels like it encapsulates a lot of things we enjoy into one track: lots of percussive elements wrapped in emotive chords, with swirling distorted synths and leads, all centered around Charlie’s incredible vocal. It’s one of our favourites from the record and something we come back to a lot.”
‘The Last Goodbye’ is set to be the duo’s most ambitious album to date. A project rife with brightness and emotion, it serves as a sweeping sonic experience that speaks to themes of connection, reminiscence, and the impact we have on one another.
Pre-release tracks showcase the depth of the album, with the title track ‘The Last Goodbye’ (feat. Bettye LaVette) being praised by the New York Times who said it “brings some Slavic melancholy to four-on-the-floor dance music” while other songs ‘Love Letter’ (feat. The Knocks) features a dynamic, emotive vocal refrain that serves as a personal proclamation, speeding amongst curtains of orchestral synths. The mesmerising ‘Behind The Sun’ includes a beautiful vocal sample from Iranian singer Simin Ghanem’s ‘Seeb’, and ‘Better Now’ (feat. MARO) features delicately balanced ambient soundscapes and instrumentation.