Originally debuted in 2015, ODESZA‘s trap-leaning “Loyal” ceases to revel in its unreleased glory, and instead enjoys a long delayed and highly anticipated formal release. A celebrated sonic staple of ODESZA sets, “Loyal” saw heavy circulation in the performances that have taken place in the three years following the electronic duo’s initial unveiling of the bass punctuated production. ODESZA fans clamored for a studio version of “Loyal” with increased fervor after the track surfaced in Seattle duo’s headlining appearance at Coachella 2018, after a fan captured and uploaded a live clip of the elusive bass cut to YouTube.
The In Return producers teased the surprise arrival of the studio rendition in a short video upload to Instagram that honed into a television, the song’s title emblazoned on the screen. The live opus rounds together booming drum and horn arrangements into a cinematic hair-raiser that recalls a heavily percussive trap format similar to earlier RL Grime products and cuts from TNGHT. To say that the early ODESZA favorite has aged well is an understatement, and as “Loyal” makes its mastered debut, the song’s official release must, for fans, feel much like welcoming home a friend.