Soak up some synthwave nostalgia in The Midnight's new album, 'Kids'

Soak up some synthwave nostalgia in The Midnight's new album, 'Kids'

Long gone are the carefree days of our youth. The breezy, blissful moments of our childhood have light away into …

Soak up some synthwave nostalgia in The Midnight's new album, 'Kids'Long gone are the carefree days of our youth. The breezy, blissful moments of our childhood have light away into maturity, and The Midnight take time to replicate on these occasions passed by of their new album. Though vocalist Tyler Lyle insists that “we aren’t a sentimental age,” the duo’s newest enterprise could recommend in any other case.

The nine-track Kids contrasts its considerably darker predecessor: 2017’s Nocturnal, which was primed for late-night drives with its dramatic saxophone riffs and shadowy, intense undertones. Kids, which was launched on Sept. 21, has a completely totally different really feel to it.

Set in 1985, the LP is ushered in by “Youth,” a shimmery observe layered with audio snippets of broadcasters and kids speaking concerning the rise of computer systems and video video games and what the expertise may imply for the way forward for the world because it was identified on the time. The album’s subsequent observe, “Wave,” begins a lot the identical means, but it surely morphs into one thing rather more recognizable as The Midnight’s fashion. Lyle’s vocals make their album debut on this observe, insisting that “we aren’t a sentimental age,” and cites not wanting dad and mom’ china and hooking up with strangers, by no means to be seen once more. The album’s namesake observe is damaged into two elements: a prelude that follows “Wave” and a reprise that wraps up the gathering. The prelude takes a somber tone, as Lyle sings wistfully concerning the arcade closing and monsters within the spare bed room.

Its forlorn theme carries into the introduction of the beforehand launched “Lost Boy,” a transparent album standout. The duo teased the observe’s July launch by pairing it with clips of emotive scenes from Stranger Things, because the filtered vocals serenade, “I used to be a misplaced boy after I met you.” A hovering guitar melody accentuates the track’s themes flawlessly, main out into into a short interlude.

Cereal hits the bowl as a child flips via the tv channels in “Saturday Mornings,” discovering commercials for The Tranformers, Blockbuster video, Atari Games, and extra. The interlude gracefully delivers the listener from a carefree weekend morning to the empowering, adventure-filled “Explorers.” The Midnight pay homage to the explorers of the ’80s, giving a hat tip to the “spark-igniters,” the “Lost Ark Raiders,” the “lion-tamers.”

Its hopeful undertones merge into the equally hope-filled “America 2.” Lyle’s vocals inform the story of going to search for “America 2,” backed by the duo’s signature guitar melodies and retro synths. When it was launched in August, the art work for “America 2” depicted an ’80s-era mall, with an indication studying “completely closed.” The neighboring arcade, nevertheless, was nonetheless lit up in its hazy neon glow, main The Midnight to one of many LP’s closing songs, “Arcade Dreams.” The instrumental observe twinkles with a plucky melody and a dreamy ambiance.

To shut out their newest endeavor, Lyle and Tim McEwan have tapped the West LA Children’s Choir to actually deliver the youngsters to Kids. They deliver again the theme from the prelude in a six-minute rendition that spans from an introspective guitar section to the straightforward and candy vocals kids’s choir, summing up the LP’s total contemplative and nostalgia-filled aura.