Daily Distraction: Odesza turns Bettye LaVette's 'Let Me Down Easy' into 'The Last Goodbye'

The electronic duo heavily sampled the blues/soul singer on a new track; LaVette performs at Thirty One West on Friday, Feb. 18.

Joel Oliphint
Columbus Alive
Odesza

It's been four years since we've heard new music from Odesza, and today the duo returns with an old song made new: "The Last Goodbye," a reworking of Bettye LaVette's 1965 song "Let Me Down Easy." 

"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 said 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.”

LaVette will visit Central Ohio on Friday, Feb. 18, with a show at Thirty One West in Newark. Listen to "The Last Goodbye" below.