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Sunset

Sunset single cover
"Sunset"
Single by The Midnight
from the album Endless Summer
ReleasedMay 13, 2016 (2016-05-13)
Length5:26
LabelThe Midnight Music
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Tim McEwan
Endless Summer track listing
The Midnight singles chronology
Sunset - single.jpg
Sunset

(2016)
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Vampires

(2016)

"Sunset (incl. Michael Cassette Remix)"
Remix Single by The Midnight
from the album The Midnight Remixed
ReleasedAugust 7, 2017 (2017-08-07)
Length14:48
LabelSilk Music
Songwriter(s)
The Midnight Remixed track listing
The Midnight remix singles chronology
WeMoveForward (incl. Talamanca Remix)
(2016)
Sunset (incl. Michael Cassette Remix)
(2016)
Synthetic (Mango, We Are All Astronauts, Lost Empire Remixes)
(2017)

Sunset[1] is a song by The Midnight. It is the first single and second track from their album Endless Summer. The single was released on May 13, 2016. Silk Music released a remix single of Sunset on August 7, 2017, with this release also containing the Michael Cassette Remix, which would later be included on the 2017 remix album The Midnight Remixed.[2][3]

The song was written by band members Tim McEwan and Tyler Lyle and produced by McEwan. The guitar on Sunset was performed by Johannes Jørgensen. It has a running time of five minutes and 26 seconds and is in the key of F major. Sunset is considered to be one of The Midnight's signature songs and is often the last song performed at live shows.

In addition to appearing on The Midnight Remixed, the Michael Cassette Extended Remix of Sunset appears on the Silk Music compilation Silk Music Pres. Progressive House Essentials 06.[4]

During a fan question-and-answer session on Twitter, Lyle said this about the lyrics of Sunset:[5]

Now that song started at a cheap motel in Burlington, VT. There were crow bar marks on the door frame. I thought “now this would be the first stop for a couple of kids who faked their deaths and went on the run.”

The Midnight discography

The Midnight performing during the Spring 2019 Tour
The Midnight discography
Refer to caption
The Midnight performing during the Spring 2019 Tour
Studio albums5
EPs3
Singles18
Live albums1
Remix albums2
Remix singles10
Remixes10
Reissues1

Since forming in 2012, The Midnight have released three EPs, five studio albums, one live album, two remix albums, 18 singles, 10 remix singles, and 10 remixes of songs by other artists. Composed of producer Tim McEwan and singer-songwriter Tyler Lyle, The Midnight debuted in July 2014 with the extended play (EP) Days of Thunder. While the EP did not feature any singles, it gained traction on Reddit and several small music sites throughout 2014 and 2015.[6][7] In August 2016, The Midnight's first album Endless Summer was released, preceded by the release of the singles Sunset and Vampires. Endless Summer firmly established the band as a top artist within the synthwave scene, with songs like Sunset, Vampires, and Los Angeles quickly becoming staples of the genre.[8][9][10]

One year after Endless Summer, The Midnight released their first remix album The Midnight Remixed in August 2017, a collaboration with electronic music label Silk Music. The album was notable as being their first release associated with a label and was also their first release to appear on a Billboard chart, peaking at 22 on the Dance/Electronic Albums Chart. In October 2017, Nocturnal was released as the band's second album, supported by the single Crystalline. Embracing a darker sound and receiving positive reviews from critics,[11][12][13][14][15] the album appeared on three Billboard charts: Dance/Electronic, Heatseekers, and Vinyl.

The Midnight released their third album Kids in September 2018. The first entry in a trilogy series of albums, it was described by the band as being "dedicated to the disaffected youth"[16] and featured a lighter, more upbeat sound that channeled an idealized 1980s childhood. Preceded by the singles Lost Boy, America 2, and Arcade Dreams, Kids received more mixed reviews from critics compared to Nocturnal[17][18][19][20][21] but was a success commercially, topping the Billboard Dance/Electronic Sales chart and peaking at number two on the Heatseekers chart. The Midnight's second remix album The Midnight Remixed 02 was released by Silk Music in September 2019 and peaked at number eight on the Billboard Dance/Electronic chart.

The Kids trilogy continued in the summer of 2020 with the release of Monsters in July, their debut with the label Counter Records, an imprint of Ninja Tune. Spawning the singles America Online, Deep Blue, Dance With Somebody, and Prom Night, Monsters extended on the thematic elements initially introduced in Kids while venturing into new genres like lo-fi and vaporwave. Commended by critics for expanding The Midnight's horizons,[22][23][24][25][26] the album was their first release to appear on the Billboard 200 chart where it peaked at 134. In October 2020, the Halloween-themed Horror Show was released as the band's second EP. Initially exclusive to Amazon Music, Horror Show was aided in production by electronic musician Essenger and featured a cover of the Patti Smith Group hit song Because The Night. The EP would later receive a full release to all platforms in March 2021.

Summer 2021 saw The Midnight celebrating the fifth anniversary of Endless Summer by reissuing the album with two new bonus tracks, Comet and Bend. This was followed in July by the release of The Rearview Mirror, an EP containing five orchestral arrangements of songs from the album in collaboration with the Magik*Magik Orchestra. The Kids trilogy concluded in September 2022 with the release of Heroes, the band's fifth album. Supported by the singles Change Your Heart or Die, Heartbeat, Avalanche, Brooklyn. Friday. Love., and Heart Worth Breaking, Heroes continued The Midnight's efforts to bend and experiment with different genres. Featuring more rock and Americana influences, critics favorably compared the album to works by Mutt Lange and Giorgio Moroder.[27][28][29] Heroes appeared on a total of seven Billboard charts, the most notable of which was the Billboard 200 where it peaked at 134. In April 2023, The Midnight's first live album Red, White and Bruised: The Midnight Live was released exclusively to independent record stores as part of Record Store Day 2023, later receiving a full release to all platforms in September 2023.

Outside of their main releases, Tim McEwan has remixed songs for other artists under The Midnight name, beginning in 2015 with a remix of the Tyler Lyle song Lost & Found. Other artists he has remixed include Drake, Scavenger Hunt, Jon Bellion, A R I Z O N A, and The Night Game. The Midnight were a featured artist on the Timecop1983 song Static in May 2018, and in November 2019 they contributed the song Sometimes She Smiles for the compilation album Vehlinggo Presents: 5 Years. After streaming the song's creation on Twitch, Cold Pizza was released as a YouTube only song in February 2021 to commemorate National Pizza Day. In February 2024, they were a featured artist on the Essenger song Silence.

Title Details Singles Charts[a]
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Days of Thunder
  • Released: July 15, 2014
    • March 20, 2016 (instrumentals)
    • May 7, 2021 (stems)
  • Label: The Midnight Music
  • Formats: Digital download, CD, cassette, LP
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Horror Show
  • Released: October 16, 2020 (Amazon Music)[b]
    • March 19, 2021 (general release, instrumentals)
  • Label: Counter Records
  • Formats: Digital download, cassette, LP
  1. Neon Medusa
-
The rearview mirror - ep.jpg
The Rearview Mirror
  • Released: July 23, 2021
  • Label: The Midnight Music
  • Formats: Digital download, LP
  1. Vampires
  • Classical Crossover: 4

Title Details Singles Charts[a]
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Endless Summer
  • Released: August 5, 2016
    • August 13, 2016 (instrumentals)[c]
    • May 7, 2021 (stems)
  • Label: The Midnight Music
  • Formats: Digital download, CD, cassette, LP
  1. Sunset
  2. Vampires
-
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Nocturnal
  • Released: October 13, 2017
    • December 15, 2017 (instrumentals)
    • April 2, 2021 (stems)
  • Label: The Midnight Music
  • Formats: Digital download, CD, cassette, LP
  1. Crystalline
  • Dance/Electronic: 17
  • Heatseekers: 17
  • Vinyl: 18
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Kids
  • Released: September 21, 2018
    • October 30, 2018 (instrumentals)
    • April 2, 2021 (stems)
  • Label: The Midnight Music
  • Formats: Digital download, CD, cassette, LP
  1. Lost Boy
  2. America 2
  3. Arcade Dreams
  • Album Sales: 73
  • Current Album Sales: 62
  • Dance/Electronic Sales: 1
  • Dance/Electronic: 12
  • Heatseekers: 2
  • Independent: 13
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Monsters
  • Released: July 10, 2020
    • October 8, 2020 (instrumentals)
    • February 5, 2021 (stems)
  • Label: Counter Records
  • Formats: Digital download, CD, cassette, LP
  1. America Online
  2. Deep Blue
  3. Dance With Somebody
  4. Prom Night
  • Billboard 200: 134
  • Album Sales: 9
  • Current Album Sales: 8
  • Dance/Electronic: 3
  • Independent: 18
  • Vinyl: 13
  • Australian Albums: 28[30]
  • UK Albums: 85[1]
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Heroes
  • Released: September 9, 2022
    • October 8, 2022 (instrumentals)
  • Label: Counter Records
  • Formats: Digital download, CD, cassette, LP
  1. Change Your Heart or Die
  2. Heartbeat
  3. Avalanche
  4. Brooklyn. Friday. Love.
  5. Heart Worth Breaking
  • Billboard 200: 167
  • Album Sales: 8
  • Current Album Sales: 8
  • Dance/Electronic: 3
  • Heatseekers: 2
  • Independent: 22
  • Vinyl: 4
  • UK Albums: 74[1]

Title Details Notes
Red White Bruised - Album.webp
Red, White and Bruised: The Midnight Live
  • Released: April 22, 2023 (Record Store Day)
    • September 1, 2023 (general release)
  • Label: Counter Records
  • Formats: Digital download, cassette, LP
Initally a vinyl-only release exclusive to participating Record Store Day retailers. Released on all platforms on September 1, 2023.

Title Details Singles Charts[a]
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The Midnight Remixed
  • Released: August 14, 2017
  • Label: Silk Music
  • Formats: Digital download
  1. WeMoveForward (incl. Talamanca Remix)
  2. Days of Thunder (incl. PROFF pres. Soultorque Remix)
  3. Sunset (incl. Michael Cassette Remix)
  4. Synthetic (Mango, We Are All Astronauts, Lost Empire Remixes)
  • Dance/Electronic: 22
Remixed 02 - album.jpg
The Midnight Remixed 02
  • Released: September 27, 2019
  • Label: Silk Music
  • Formats: Digital download
  1. Shadows (Uppermost Remix)
  2. Arcade Dreams (Timecop1983 Remix)
  3. Kids (PROFF Dub Remix)
  • Dance/Electronic: 8

Title Release Date Album/EP
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Sunset
May 13, 2016 Endless Summer
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Vampires
June 10, 2016
Crystalline - single.jpg
Crystalline
September 22, 2017 Nocturnal
Lost boy - single.jpg
Lost Boy
July 13, 2018 Kids
America 2 - single.jpg
America 2
August 3, 2018
Arcade dreams - single.jpg
Arcade Dreams
September 7, 2018
America online - single.jpg
America Online
May 13, 2019 Monsters
Deep blue - single.jpg
Deep Blue
May 6, 2020
Dance with somebody - single.jpg
Dance With Somebody
June 10, 2020
Prom night - single.jpg
Prom Night
June 24, 2020
Horror show - ep.jpg
Neon Medusa
March 3, 2021 Horror Show
Nothing beats like a heart single.jpg
Nothing Beats Like A Heart (with The Escape Plan)
August 24, 2021 Non-album single
Change your heart or die.jpg
Change Your Heart or Die
April 14, 2022 Heroes
Heartbeat - Single.jpg
Heartbeat
June 8, 2022
Avalanche - Single.jpg
Avalanche
July 6, 2022
Brooklyn Friday Love - Single.jpg
Brooklyn. Friday. Love.
August 3, 2022
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Heart Worth Breaking
August 24, 2022
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Land Locked Heart
February 23, 2023 Road 96: Mile 0 (Video Game Soundtrack)

Title Release Date Original Artist
Days of thunder - ep.jpg
Lost & Found (The Midnight Remix)
November 28, 2015 Tyler Lyle
0 to 100.jpg
0 To 100 (The Midnight Remix)[d]
July 8, 2016 Drake
Scavenger hunt never enough the midnight remix single.jpg
Never Enough (The Midnight Remix)
November 8, 2016 Scavenger Hunt
Arizona oceans away single.jpg
Oceans Away (The Midnight Remix)
February 24, 2017 A R I Z O N A
Clubhouse kyra the midnight remix.jpg
Kyra (The Midnight Remix)
March 15, 2017 Clubhouse
80's Films (The Midnight Remix)[d] June 25, 2017 Jon Bellion
The night game the outfield the midnight remix.jpg
The Outfield (The Midnight Remix)
April 27, 2018 The Night Game
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Clean Eyes (The Midnight Remix)
February 8, 2019 SYML
The ivy missing out remix single.jpg
Missing Out (The Midnight Remix)
September 11, 2020 The Ivy
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Don't Give Up (The Midnight Remix)
September 25, 2020 Latroit

Title Release Date Notes
Static May 4, 2018 Collaboration between Timecop1983 and The Midnight. Appears on Timecop1983's album Night Drive.
Sometimes She Smiles November 1, 2019 Appears on the compilation album Vehlinggo Presents: 5 Years. Has not appeared on any official The Midnight release.
Cold pizza - single.jpg
Cold Pizza
February 9, 2021 Released exclusively on YouTube to commemorate National Pizza Day. Has not appeared on any official The Midnight release.
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Silence
February 28, 2024 Collaboration between Essenger and The Midnight. Was originally planned to be on Essenger's 2020 album After Dark but did not make the final tracklist. Included on the 2024 vinyl deluxe edition of After Dark and later released as a single.
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 All charts are from US Billboard<ref>"The Midnight". Billboard. Archived from the original on June 17, 2023. Retrieved June 17, 2023. {{cite web}}: |archive-date= / |archive-url= timestamp mismatch; June 18, 2023 suggested (help)
  2. A digital download of Horror Show and its instrumentals was available on release day by pre-ordering a physical copy of the EP.
  3. Endless Summer is the only instrumental release to have different album art from the original release, which can be seen here.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Unofficial remix
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28th February, 2024
Music - Silence, a collaboration between The Midnight and Essenger, is released.
12th February, 2024
Tour - The Chrome Nights North American Tour is announced. The tour begins in September and will be co-headlined with Chromeo.
6th February, 2024
Tour - The Summer 2024 EU/UK Tour is announced. The tour will began on July 12 in Malmö and conclude on July 28 in Manchester.
3rd February, 2024
Tour - The Midnight announces on Instagram that Tim McEwan is stepping away from touring and will depart after the upcoming tours in India and Australia. He will continue to be The Midnight's producer.
30th January, 2024
Merch - An official graphic novel based on The Midnight universe has been announced. Titled The Midnight: Shadows, the graphic novel will be released by Dark Hose Comics on October 1, 2024.
23rd January, 2024
Tour - A show at the Summer Nights music festival in Glasgow is announced. The show will take place on July 24, 2024.
19th January, 2024
Tour - The Midnight are announced as a performer at the Vh1 Supersonic festival in Pune, India. The festival runs from February 16-18, 2024. This will be The Midnight's first ever show in India, preceding the Spring 2024 India Tour.
4th January, 2024
Tour - A second Melbourne show has been added to the Summer 2024 Australian Tour. The show will take place on March 3, 2024, at the Prince Bandroom.

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Did You Know?

  • ...that The Midnight Remixed was the band's first album to be associated with a label and appear on a Billboard chart?
  • ...that Nighthawks and Lonely City were once one combined song?
  • ...that Tim McEwan once played drums in the Eurovison Song Contest?
  • ...that the voice in the intro of River of Darkness is from a guy named Eric?
  • ...that touring member Lelia Broussard was on the US version of singing competition The Voice?
  • ...that for five years Comet was nothing more than a small snippet on Facebook before finally being released in 2021?
  • ...that planning for The Midnight's graphic novel Shadows began in 2020, four years before its release?
  • ...that The Midnight played 72 shows in 2019, which is the most in one year since they began touring?
  • ...that an early version of Jason used the backing track from what would become The Equaliser (Not Alone)?
  • ...that Golden Gate, Souvenir and Brooklyn were originally released on the Tyler Lyle album The Floating Years?

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