ODESZA finally release their cult live show favourite, Loyal
Chances are you heard the triumphant, trap-leaning banger if you caught the two-piece live over the last three years.
Header photo by Tonje Thilesen.
When it comes to electronic live shows, there's no act that does them quite as well as ODESZA. They've toured here heaps of times before - most recently headlining the 2018 Laneway Festival tour - and every time they somehow get better, reworking and highlighting notable elements of their acclaimed 2014 album In Return and its much-awaited 2017 follow-up, A Moment Apart, and often, transforming them into entirely different songs. "It’s actually really fun for us to rewrite the elements to make them more epic live too," said Harrison Mills, one-half of the duo, to Pilerats in an interview last year. "It’s a fun project, we almost consider it as like writing two different albums."
If you caught them at Laneway or their headline shows in September last year (or anytime before that too), chances are you've heard these reworked ODESZA hits in person, and chances are you've already heard Loyal - a cult, previously unreleased fan favourite from the live show that today, arrives as their first release since A Moment Apart last year. It's that song, the one with the triumphant brass line and enough drums to fill up a stadium (they even brought out their drum line to perform it at Laneway Festival), which eventually, twists into this vast, bass-filled trap drop that's really unlike any of their other released work. The final version, out now, is slightly different, with the original vocal sample making way for a new one, and the epic, brassy drop joined by a bit of a different one earlier on in the song. That said, it's still absolutely huge, and after being in the live sets for over three years now, it's nice to have it in our hands at last. Listen to the track below:
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