What happens on the dance floor rarely stays on the dance floor.
Whether fleeting nightly encounters turn out to be gratifying or unfulfilling, it shouldn’t come as a surprise if you find yourself reliving enchanting moments in the comfort of your own eventual solitude. ODESZA’s recent collaboration with the Texas soul sensation Leon Bridges on “Across The Room” appeals to that same relatable catharsis of a transitory romance. This time however, that catharsis is presented it in the tender light of affectionate hindsight rather than the momentary bliss of a candid encounter.
Althought ODESZA normally focuses on shattering ear drums with heavy and complicated electronic production, their role in “Across The Room.” was much simpler. The Seattle-based producers supplanted Bridges’ purposeful energy with an auxiliary piano to add an inviting vulnerability and sensitivity. At the same time, they also counteracted the softness of the keys with the tip-tap of a snare to spark the slightest of shimmies. In most cases, listeners find that shimmy snowballing into a shake. Sooner or later it becomes physically challenging to keep your body still as Bridges soulfully reminisces about his fateful venture on the dance floor.
Following the release of ODESZA’s video for “Across The Room,” the duo made sure to highlight Leon Bridges’ naturally revitalizing spirit. The song’s successive Twitter post aimed attention at Bridges’ endearing approach to cinematography with this subsequent message:
Bridges is an important artist to watch throughout the remainder of 2018, as his stock is on the upswing for the first time since the release of his groundbreaking 2015 debut Coming Home. On top of a few select few one-off partnerships, Bridges recently released two tracks at the beginning of March titled “Bet Ain’t Worth The Hand” and “Bad Bad News.” Both songs stray considerably far from Bridges’ typical expression, and although change is necessary for growth, the response from his supporters seems uncertain of his ability to put together a complete collection as impressive as his debut. A lovably retro voice and style as enticing as Bridges’ leaves a lot to be desired with the slightest of missteps, so criticized growing pains is something that he’ll will have to expect with his sophomore album’s eventual release.