ODESZA‘The Last Goodbye’ next album is out July 22nd (via Foreign Family Collective/Ninja Tune, pre-order HERE), and as the GRAMMY-nominated duo of Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight progress towards their highly anticipated full unveiling, they have released the final track “Light Of Day (feat. Ólafur Arnalds)” today, giving fans one last taste of what to expect before the LP finally drops.
The track is a cinematic escapism that transforms from a futuristic piano ballad into a complex electronic revelation with an enchanting vocal chorus courtesy of Stephen Ambrose. The song is a collaboration with longtime friend and Icelandic instrumentalist, Ólafur Arnalds – together building the orchestral foundation that gives this song that dichotomy of fragility and resilience, throughout. The vocals are inspired by an Ambrose folk song released in 1972 titled “Mary”. Ambrose is also a pioneer in the world of audio, responsible for paving the way for touring musicians in his invention and development of the first wireless in-ear monitors, now found on stage around the world. . Listen now.
On the collaboration, ODESZA notes:
“Light of Day was one of the first songs on the record that we finished. It served as a bookend for the record – and really, a guide for the project as a whole. This song started with Ólafur, an incredible artist and a long time friend, who sent us a first idea. The vocal sample is from a 1970s folk song called ‘Mary’ which we discovered while rummaging through old records – featuring Stephen Ambrose. We see this voice as a sort of slowly building mantra, something we hoped would evoke that feeling of being at peace..”
Last week, ODESZA further teased the upcoming LP by releasing the first phase of “The Maze,” an interactive, strategic web game that explores the album‘s themes via “quests” assigned to each track. Much like a virtual treasure hunt, “The Maze” requires fans to navigate ODESZA’s web and social channels in addition to real-life activations and joint teamwork to uncover clues and unlock rewards and skills. price. A nod to the bond they’ve forged with their fanbase, the maze has sparked a collective frenzy that has them fully engaged, as they work together to solve the puzzle.
A true testament to the connection they’ve developed with their community, ODESZA have sold over 350,000 tickets during the initial 48-hour ticket sales period of their upcoming ‘The Last Goodbye Tour’, reaffirming the Seattle duo as one of the live of modern music. performance behemoths. Three nights at the Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle, two nights at the Forum in Los Angeles and two nights at Forest Hills Stadium in New York are just a few of the most notable sold-out shows. In a recent cover story, in reference to the tour, Pollstar clearly stated “ODESZA is making history”. Full dates HERE.
Additionally, ODESZA is partnering with REVERB, environmental nonprofit and music industry veterans, to make their tour more environmentally sustainable and inspire fans to take action for people and society. planet. Not only will the tour be carbon negative, eliminating far more greenhouse gas pollution than the tour creates, but there will also be pledges at every show to encourage fans to get involved to take action against it. climate change.
With over 5 billion total streams, ODESZA has re-emerged in a masterful way to remind the world of what made the duo Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight cornerstones of the modern electronic landscape. Their latest album ‘A Moment Apart’ was not only a commercial success (it went gold and debuted at number 3 on the Billboard 200), but it also received critical acclaim, including two GRAMMY nominations and accolades from NPR, Rolling Stone, Billboard, Complex, Consequence and more.
The duo have cultivated a die-hard fan base of massive proportions: known for their groundbreaking, awe-inspiring and immersive live performances, which reached over 2.85 million fans during their ‘A Moment Apart’ tour. They also had standout performances at Coachella, Lollapalooza and more, as well as performances on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Conan, and launched their own music festival SUNDARA in Riviera Maya, Mexico in 2019.