The Last Goodbye marked the return of one of America’s most iconic electronic duos, breaking the group’s 4-year hiatus with a fresh album and nationwide tour.
Diehard fans had long been searching for breadcrumbs, any small hints that perhaps new music was in the works. Finally, in September 2021, Odesza confirmed the following year would be their return (no, not In Return).
It’s safe to say that Minnesota fans were excited, as tickets sold out on the day they were released, prompting a second showing for the following day.
Queues were long as people poured into The Armory. Some were disappointed to hear the official opener, Sylvan Esso, would not be present in Minneapolis, though producers Nasaya and Elderbrook had no issues leading into the main act.
Introductory sets included live guitar, drum, and vocal samples. In our electronic world, fans do indeed continue to enjoy live music elements.
As a photographer it was immediately clear that production teams were not messing around on this tour. Visuals, lighting, and cameras were hot from beginning to end.
Once the lights hit and “This Version Of You” began, the girl next to me spoke for the entire crowd: “chills.”
Though no one was surprised to see the return of the Odesza Drumline, their presence truly completed the stage, perfecting a choreographed performance to accompany Odesza’s otherworldly setlist.
The duo included most of their tour album, The Last Goodbye, but also reached back to their previous albums as they guided the crowd through a carefully curated experience.
Even Bronson (Odesza & Golden Features) fans had their moment for songs like “HEART ATTACK” and “TENSE.”
More surprises came with both Charlie Houston and Naomi Wilde taking the stage to perform songs “Wide Awake” (Houston), “Better Now,” and “Higher Ground” (Wilde).
90 minutes flew by leaving fans in a haze- and I don’t mean that because of the pyrotechnics and fireworks.
The energy in here is crazy.Charlie Houston, after performing Wide Awake.
The only unfortunate part is that only 17,000 tickets were available.
The great news, however, is though their tour may be called The Last Goodbye, but the duo has confirmed this journey does not mark the end of Odesza.