The new collab track from American producer Mokita and L.A.-based singer Maty Noyes, “Goodbye,” via Casablanca Records, is a ’90s trip that will take you somewhere quite different than the original inspiration. The sumptuous electronic track features an interpolation and repurposed hook from Third Eye Blind’s “Semi-Charmed Life” which reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in Aug. 1997.
The moodier interpretation is an intentional sonic shift from the alt-rock anthem, but the groundwork was already in place with the song’s darker themes of drug use and relationship fatigue. It’s the lesser known lyrical content beneath the song’s catchy “doo-doo-doo” melody that initially piqued Mokita’s interest in reworking the track.
“I had been toying with the idea of doing some sort of cover flip for a while and had tried a bunch of different songs from the ’80s and ’90s and nothing really felt super genuine,” Mokita tells Billboard. “I was listening to [“Semi-Charmed Life”] one day and when it got to the chorus I immediately thought ‘this already sounds like a depressing love song, so it would be so cool if I could somehow flip it and make it relationally-based and darken it up a little on the production side.’”
The producer began this process with simple piano demos that seem to have obscured the original inspiration entirely, but the song found its inimitable spin when lead vocalist Maty Noyes delivered her own take. Mokita admires that “it just added another layer of depth that was so perfect for the song. Her voice is so airy and has this beautiful raspy tone to it that just sat so well over the track.”
Noyes says that she was excited to give “a nod to a classic song that has been an anthem to us all at one point,” and adds, “It was really cool to be able to put our own spin on it almost 20 years later.”
The new track does little to hide the emotional weight in the words like its successor, but both share an undeniable accessibility that will leave you wanting nothing else.
Check out Mokita and Maty Noyes on “Goodbye” below.