ODESZA Talks Leon Bridges Collab 'Across The Room,' Shares Soul-Warming Music Video: Watch

Tonje Thilesen


You know how some houses fill your heart with warmth? Real homes that overflow with a love that reaches into your bones? That's the vibe ODESZA and Leon Bridges nailed on their collaborative single "Across The Room," from the electronic duo's recent album A Moment Apart. 

The band called the collaboration a "wonderful experience," citing a new level of experimentation and a higher level of process.

"(Bridges is) someone we've wanted to work with quite a bit," ODESZA's Clayton Knight says in a recent interview with Billboard Dance. The band's management reached out to to the cool singer-songwriter and he stopped by ODESZA's studio after a show in Seattle. The guys hung out a bit and played him a few tracks, and one with a throwback hip-hop vibe resonated with his retro soul.

"We ended up writing that whole song basically," Knight says. "We re-recored some of the elements back in Texas, but everything was basically written in that studio in that eight-hour period. When that happens, it's usually a good sign, because things are flowing easily and fast. You know they're there. It's a complete honor to work with him. He's honestly a genius."

"In some ways it was one of our most collaborative songs," ODESZA's Harrison Mills continues. "It was the first time we really had input. We usually let the singer do whatever they want, but Leon was very open, and he wanted our feedback on what he was writing. It was a lot of back and forth. We got to write certain lines in the lyrics. It was really open and easy to do, and I think sometimes that can be difficult. It's like, 'I'm the singer. I'm the writer, and this is what we do.' Not that it's a bad thing, but it's just like there are lines drawn, and definitely not (with Leon)."

Today, the guys share an equally soul-warming music video for "Across The Room." Just try not to smile as you watch Bridges shimmy his way through a backyard barbecue. We don't know that the people in this video are really his family, but damn if it doesn't give off the feeling of true togetherness. ODESZA makes a short cameo around the two-minute mark. Get cozy and watch "Across The Room" below.


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