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Jason

Jason1) is a song by The Midnight featuring Nikki Flores. It is the fourth track from their album Endless Summer.

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The song was written by band members Tim McEwan and Tyler Lyle alongside Nikki Flores and produced by McEwan. It has a running time of five minutes and thirty-one seconds and is in the key of F major. The saxophone on Jason was performed by Thomas Edinger.

McEwan has said that the drums in Jason are “a clear homage to Maniac by Michael Sembello.”2)

An early demo of Jason was released as a prize during the Fall 2020 alternate reality game (ARG). Titled Jason (The Equalizer early demo), the most noticeable difference heard compared to the final version is the backing track being recycled into the song The Equaliser (Not Alone). At some point, a new track was composed for Jason. The only vocals in the demo are by Nikki Flores, with the first verse and chorus being sung twice. Her vocal track is unchanged between versions.


[keep on running]

He comes alive in metropolis lights when the musics way too loud
Deep in the night it's easy to hide and he's got it all figured out
White satellites getting lost in his eyes but to him she's just another girl
Roll with the tide like the wind and the sky and he'll only let you down

Oooh Jason
Tell me what you're chasin'
Because the night will never give you what you want
Oooh Jason
And if you can't escape it
I hope you find whatever you've been looking for

Where do you go in a town full of ghosts and everybody knows your name
And all the homecoming queens in the small town scenes they'll offer you a place to stay
Some want forever instead of whenever when they're naked in the light
It's a strange little potion but sometimes the motion almost makes you feel alive

Oooh Jason
Tell me what you're chasin'
Because the night will never give you what you want
Oooh Jason
And if you can't escape it
I hope you find whatever you've been looking for

And I'm gonna keep on running

Lyrics source3)


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The Midnight

The Midnight performing live

The Midnight is an American synthwave band originating from Los Angeles, California, composed of producer Tim McEwan and vocalist/guitarist Tyler Lyle. Since forming in 2012, the band has released three extended plays (EPs), four albums, and two remix albums. 4)5)

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Prior to forming The Midnight, Tyler Lyle and Tim McEwan were both established musicians. Lyle was an indie-folk singer-songwriter based in the state of Georgia and gained initial notability with several self-released titles, becoming regionally and nationally known. McEwan was a drummer and producer based in Denmark, later becoming a member of the Danish production group Deekay who has written and produced songs for many popular artists.6)

The pair met for the first time in 2012 at a songwriter’s workshop in North Hollywood organized by Katie Donovan, Lyle’s A&R representative at the time.7) Before meeting, McEwan had listened to some of Lyle’s previous work and liked Lyle’s folk sound. Despite differing musical backgrounds, they bonded over a mutual love of 80s rock and began to write songs together. After initially struggling to define their sound, McEwan suggested that they compose songs in the synthwave style. McEwan had previous exposure to the burgeoning genre and was inspired by the movie Drive. The first song they wrote together was WeMoveForward,8)9) which was included on their debut EP Days of Thunder.

According to Lyle, the name “The Midnight” came from McEwan and himself throwing out random names until they found one that stuck.10) Other band names that they considered were “Lightyears”, “Temporary Tigers”, and “The Midnight Tigers.”

Days of Thunder

After the initial meeting in 2012, Lyle and McEwan continued writing together over the next two years and independently released their debut EP Days of Thunder on July 15, 2014.11) The EP contains six tracks and was entirely written, produced, and mastered by Lyle and McEwan, with additional instrumentation provided by Thomas Edinger (saxophone) and Oliver McEwan (synths).

The band's sound and philosophy were self-described as follows:12)


There is a Japanese term: Mono no aware. It means basically, the sad beauty of seeing time pass - the aching awareness of impermanence. These are the days that we will return to one day in the future only in memories. How do we capture them? How could we possibly be able to fully appreciate them in the present? This project is our attempt to put time under glass. The Midnight is a marriage between a songwriter from the Deep South and a producer from Denmark who both live in Los Angeles. The songs were written in North Hollywood and Santa Monica over two years and represent the first fruit of The Midnight. This is our love song to our city and a testament to the weight these years can hold.

No singles from the EP were released prior to its release, but in 2016 the label Silk Music issued singles for the songs WeMoveForward and Days of Thunder.13)14) The singles included the original songs and remixes that would later appear on the 2017 remix album The Midnight Remixed.15)

The instrumental version of Days of Thunder was released on March 20, 2016.16)

Endless Summer

On August 5, 2016, The Midnight independently released their first full-length album, Endless Summer.17) Containing twelve tracks, Endless Summer saw the band collaborating with Los Angeles based singer-songwriter Nikki Flores for the first time, with Flores co-writing and performing vocals on the song Jason. The album received positive reviews from critics.18)19)20)

Two singles were released from Endless Summer prior to the album's release: Sunset, which released on May 13, 2016 21) and Vampires, which released on June 10, 2016.22)

Silk Music also released two singles from Endless Summer containing remixes: Sunset, which released on August 7, 2017 23) and Synthetic, which released on December 18, 2017.24)

The instrumental version of Endless Summer was released on August 13, 2016.25) On June 24, 2021, a 5 Year Anniversary Edition of Endless Summer was released featuring two additional songs: Bend and Comet.26)

The Midnight Remixed

On August 14, 2017, The Midnight released their first remix album The Midnight Remixed through the label Silk Music.27)28) The album contains twelve remixed versions of previously released The Midnight songs, featuring remixes from several well-known names in electronic/progressive house including Mango, Talamanca, Johan Vilborg, and Michael Cassette.

Prior to the release of The Midnight Remixed, Silk Music issued new singles for the songs WeMoveForward, Sunset, and Days of Thunder.29)30)31) These single releases included the original songs as well as their corresponding remixes that would later be included on the album.

The album charted at number twenty-two on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums Chart.32)33) This was the first time a release by The Midnight charted on Billboard.34) After the album's release, a fourth and final single for the song Synthetic was released.35) This single does not include the original song but instead features five remixed versions.

Nocturnal

Nocturnal, The Midnight's second album, was independently released on October 13, 2017.36) The album contains seven tracks and features collaborations with Nikki Flores and Timecop1983. Nocturnal was noted for having a considerably darker sound compared to previous The Midnight releases and received mostly positive reviews from critics.37)38)39)40)41) The album charted at number seventeen on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums Chart after release and the following year it peaked at number seventeen on the Billboard Heatseekers Album chart.42)43)

Nocturnal was preceded by the release of its only single, Crystalline, which was issued on September 22, 2017.44)

The instrumental version of Nocturnal was released on December 15, 2017.45)

Kids

The Midnight's third album, Kids, was independently released on September 21, 2018.46) The album contains nine tracks. Featuring a more upbeat and lighter tone compared to Nocturnal, the album received more mixed reviews compared to previous The Midnight offerings47)48)49)50)51) but was still a successful release for the band, debuting at number one on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Album Sales chart, number twelve on the Dance/Electronic Albums chart, number two on the Heatseekers Albums chart, and number thirteen on the Independent Albums chart.52)53)

Kids was preceded by the release of three singles. Lost Boy was the first single and was released on July 13, 2018.54) The second single, America 2, was released on August 3, 2018.55) The third and final single was Arcade Dreams, releasing on September 7, 2018.56)

Kids is the first album of a planned trilogy.57) The next album in the trilogy is Monsters, and a third yet to be named album will conclude the trilogy.

The instrumental version of Kids was released on October 30, 2018.58)

The Midnight Remixed 02

On September 27, 2019, Silk Music released The Midnight's second remix album, The Midnight Remixed 02.59) The Midnight Remixed 02 features eleven new remixes of previously released The Midnight songs, with contributions from the likes of Timecop1983, Blood Grove & Kikis, and Claes Rosen.

To promote the album's release, Silk Music released three remix singles: Shadows (Uppermost Remix), which released on August 23, 2019,60) Arcade Dreams (Timecop1983 Remix), which released on September 13, 2019,61) and Kids (PROFF Dub Remix), which released on September 20, 2019.62)

The album peaked at number eight on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums Chart63) and number one on the USA iTunes Dance Top Albums Chart.64)

Monsters

The Midnight released their fourth album Monsters on July 10, 2020, through the label Counter Records.65) A continuation of Kids, the album contains fifteen tracks and is their largest release to date in terms of the number of songs. It features a collaboration with the Los Angeles based music duo Jupiter Winter on the title track.

Noted for moving the band's sound in a different direction and expanding its horizons, Monsters received mostly positive reviews from critics.66)67)68)69)70) Also obtaining commercial success, the album charted at number one-hundred-thirty-four on the Billboard 200,71) number twelve on the Dance/Electronic Albums chart,72)73) and number eighteen on the Independent Albums chart.74)

Monsters was preceded by the release of four singles. America Online was the first single and was released on May 3, 2019.75) The second single, Deep Blue, was released on May 6, 2020.76) The third single, Dance With Somebody, was released on June 10, 2020.77) The fourth and final single, Prom Night, was released on June 24, 2020.78)

The instrumental version of Monsters was released on October 8, 2020.79)

Horror Show

The Midnight's second EP, Horror Show, was released on October 16, 2020, through Counter Records.80)81)82) The EP will initially be able to stream only on Amazon Music, but is expected to eventually be available on other platforms as well. Physical copies of the EP were also available to pre-order from the band's official store on release day, with all orders including a digital download of the EP alongside its instrumentals.83)

Announced as a prize during the Fall 2020 alternate reality game (ARG), the EP contains six tracks. With a darker sound reminiscent of Nocturnal, Horror Show sees The Midnight collaborating with producer Essenger for the first time, with Essenger co-producing four tracks.84) The band also collaborated again with Nikki Flores on the song Because The Night, a cover of the original 1978 song by Bruce Springsteen and Patti Smith.

The Rearview Mirror

The Midnight's third EP, The Rearview Mirror was released on July 23, 2021.85) Released to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the band's album Endless Summer, the EP features five songs that have been re-imagined with orchestral arrangements performed by the Magik*Magik Orchestra. Vampires was released as a single from the EP on July 9, 2021.

For most of their career, The Midnight has created a strong and distinct synthwave sound in their music - Tim McEwan once described the band's early albums “as if Miami Vice had a baby with a John Hughes movie.”86) However, McEwan has continuously expressed a desire to evolve the synthwave genre and not be confined by it.87)88)89)90) Tyler Lyle has stated several times that the band's philosophy when composing is “combine, not confine.”91)92)93) Influences of genres such as lo-fi, soft rock, trance, and vaporwave can be heard on Monsters,94)95) and Lyle's musical background has brought influences of indie folk and Americana to the band's sound as well.96) Regarding the merging of their individual talents and styles, Lyle has said:97)


It’s rock and roll with synthesizers. Tim has a keen ear for production, and I can write songs that fit comfortably within the tradition of 20th century classic pop songwriting. Somewhere in the middle things get interesting.

McEwan employs various digital synths in his production, including Serum, Diva, TAL-U-NO-LX, Spire, and Roland Cloud's Jupiter 8 and Juno 106.98)99) In mid-2020, he mentioned that his favorite synth to use at the time was U-He's emulation of Prophet-5, known as Repro 5.100) McEwan has stated that he commonly begins with presets and then tweaks them to his liking.101) KONTAKT is used for sampling.102)103) In 2020, both Lyle and McEwan started adding more analog equipment to their audio setups.104)105)106)107)108)109)110)111)112)113) In early 2021, McEwan shared that his current home studio consisted of the following equipment:114)

Both McEwan and Lyle use Logic Pro on macOS as their primary Digital Audio Workstation (DAW).115) Universal Audio interfaces are used to capture their sounds, which are then processed using UAD plugins.116)117) Using the same utilities makes it easier for them to share session files as a significant amount of their work is done remotely, due to living in different areas of the US.118) However, they will usually get together in the same room a few times during a release's production and will often write and record together while on tour.119) A release's sound and overall direction are generally created by the two bouncing ideas off each other - McEwan will send Lyle a rough track or beat, which Lyle will then think of lyrics and a title that would go good with the beat, after which McEwan will further build and produce the track.120) McEwan has stated that the production of a typical The Midnight album takes around three to six months, “from the early gestating part to finish.”121)

Synths, drums, and overall production are handled by McEwan, with Lyle providing guitar, lyrics, and vocals. Lyle has stated that he writes on a daily basis,122) and many lyrics come from a large number of fragments he keeps stored in Evernote.123) During a fan question-and-answer session on Twitter prior to the release of Monsters, he mentioned that he “wrote about 250 songs between 2016-2019” and “20 something of those songs got properly demoed/ realistically considered for Monsters.”124) Regarding his general writing process and how he writes for The Midnight, Lyle has said:125)126)


I write The Midnight lyrically (mostly) as the fantasy that I never experienced. I lean a bit utopian sometimes and let the images get grander than I experienced. I was on the debate team. I had a lisp. I was really into Syphon Filter. The fun is in the make believe.

I write everyday. Some of it goes in The Midnight folder. Some of it goes off into far far away places. It works best when Tim has a cool musical skeleton and I have a cool lyrical skeleton we can smush together and build together.

Most of the remaining instrumentation is digital,127) but on occasion songs (including most with saxophone and guitar solos) will at first have digital instruments that are then outsourced to other musicians to play live on the track. Thomas Edinger has been the primary saxophone player for The Midnight's releases, and McEwan's brother Oliver has frequently played bass for the band as well.

For live performances, various setups have been used by the band. Lyle stated that the Spring 2019 Tour utilized an Ableton rig, with McEwan using an SPD SX sampling pad and MIDI controller.128) Lyle ran his guitars through a Kemper profiling amp, and he also used an OP1 for certain synth moments and pads. Most shows will also feature live bass, acoustic, and electric guitars, as well as live saxophone. Since the Fall 2019 Tour, the band's touring lineup has consisted of McEwan on synths and drums, Lyle on guitar and synths, Lelia Broussard on guitar and synths, and Jesse Molloy on saxophone and synths. Lyle is the primary vocalist and the others perform backing vocals. Molloy has been with the band since their first live shows in 2017, though other saxophone players will occasionally fill in for him, particularly at shows outside of the US.129)130) Broussard joined the band prior to the start of the Fall 2019 Tour.131) Nikki Flores occasionally appears at some shows as a vocalist, performing her collaborations with the band in addition to singing vocals on Sunset.

  • Tim McEwan (producer, songwriter, percussion, synths, occasional vocals)
  • Tyler Lyle (songwriter, lead vocals, guitar, occasional synths)

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Occasional/past tour members


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Monsters

Monsters album cover

Monsters is the fourth album from The Midnight. It was released through the label Counter Records on July 10, 2020.132) The instrumental version of the album was released on October 8, 2020.133)

Monsters was preceded by the release of four singles. America Online was the first single and was released on May 3, 2019.134) The second single, Deep Blue, was released on May 6, 2020.135) The third single, Dance With Somebody, was released on June 10, 2020.136) The fourth and final single, Prom Night, was released on June 24, 2020.137)

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The Midnight's previous album Kids was originally planned to be a larger release with more songs compared to the final product. It was later stated that its production was scaled back so Tyler Lyle would have more time to spend with his newborn child.138) With the band having a lot of leftover ideas from the making of Kids, they decided to expand upon its themes and began work on a follow-up album as part of a planned trilogy.139)140)141)

Some of the prizes given during the Fall 2020 alternate reality game (ARG) have revealed details about the development of Monsters. It had a working title of Kids 2 and several early demos of songs that appeared on Monsters were also shared. A snippet of America Online was shared on the band's social media in April 2018, predating the release of Kids.142) An early instrumental snippet of the song Monsters included in the ARG prizes is named “Monsters (early instrumental demo for KIDS)”, indicating that it was also initially planned to be included on Kids.

In February 2019, it was mentioned on the band's social media that new songs were being recorded in Atlanta (the home of Lyle).143) On March 20, a no-captioned photo of an America Online startup screen was posted, the first official mention of the song since the April 2018 snippet.144) On March 25, a new clip of America Online containing vocals was shared.145) On April 5, a photo showing an America Online branded floppy disk with a caption of “New single dropping soon” was posted.146) A tiny portion of the single artwork was shared on April 18,147) followed by another small portion on April 29, with a release date of May 3 being announced.148) The next day, the single was officially confirmed to be America Online.149) The full single artwork was revealed on May 2.150) The artwork showed a computer with an AIM-esque chat interface, along with a desktop showing a file called “Monsters.zip”, which would later turn out to be the name of the album. On May 6, the band's Twitter account posted the single artwork and stated that the font used in it was the name of a track from the upcoming album.151) A June 4 post showed an old System 7 interface with a text editor open and the font Helvetica selected, confirming the aforementioned song's name.152)

Further sharing of information about the next album was infrequent for the remainder of 2019, largely due to the band's ongoing tour. During the tour, a few songs confirmed by the band to be on the pending album were performed, including Seventeen, Monsters, and Brooklyn. The band shared in October that the next album would have a song “that feels like the spiritual successor to Lost Boy153), and also stated in December that the album has “taken a lot of inspiration from world music.”154)

In January 2020, the band said that “there may or may not be an homage to Ecco the Dolphin on our upcoming album.”155) It was mentioned in February that the new album would have pan flute and saxophone,156) and it was also confirmed for a 2020 release.157) On April 24, a new snippet of the next single cover was posted on social media. On April 27, the single was confirmed to be Deep Blue with a release date of May 6. A short instrumental clip of the song was included in the post. The full single artwork was revealed on May 3.158) On May 6, the release of Deep Blue was accompanied by the announcing of Monsters as the next The Midnight album, with a planned release date of July 10.159) The artwork and tracklist were also revealed.

On May 29, Dance With Somebody was announced as the third single from Monsters alongside a short snippet of the song and a release date of June 3.160) However, The Midnight announced on June 1 that the single's release would be delayed a week to June 10, with the postponement being done in solidarity with racial justice protests happening at the time in the US.161) Prom Night was revealed to be the album's fourth and final single on June 18, with a short snippet and a release date of June 24 being shared.162)

Monsters was officially released on July 10, 2020. Receiving mostly positive reviews, critics noted that the album moved the band's sound in a different direction and expanded its horizons, breaking the traditional mold of the synthwave genre.163)164)165)166)167) The album was also the biggest commercial success to date for The Midnight, charting at number one-hundred-thirty-four on the Billboard 200,168) number twelve on the Dance/Electronic Albums chart,169)170) and number eighteen on the Independent Albums chart.171)

According to Tyler Lyle, a few that songs were written or sketched during the creation of Kids were held over for Monsters.172) He also noted that the production of Monsters took longer than previous releases due to the band's tour schedule.173)174)175) Monsters was released with fifteen tracks, the largest number to date on a The Midnight release. The title track is a collaboration with Jupiter Winter, a music duo consisting of Lelia Broussard and Royce Whittaker. Broussard co-wrote the track and sings vocals on the second verse. She had previously joined the band as a guitarist and backup vocalist during the Fall 2019 Tour. Broussard and Whittaker would both join The Midnight for the concert special The Midnight Online. Brooklyn, the album's eleventh track, was originally a solo song by Lyle from his album The Floating Years.176)

A continuation of Kids,177)178) the album explores the trials and tribulations of growing up as a teenager and young adult. McEwan noted that the songs on Monsters “range from calm to sad to aggressive, and reflect[s] some of the internal struggles of adolescence.”179) When asked about the significance of 1991, McEwan opined: “The KIDS have grown up. They're teens now. And 1991 was the year the internet went live. Hence the modem sound and opening the album with America Online.”180) Lyle has described Monsters as “an examination of the half in darkness, half in lightness war of individualization through adolescence.”181) During an interview with Icon Vs. Icon, he said about the album:182)


We wanted MONSTERS to be about adolescence, where the adult world starts knocking on your door and you have to face questions about intimacy, closeness and alienation. It’s a continuation of KIDS in a lot of ways. We wrote a lot of songs for it and hopefully we have a lot of songs for the next record as well to complete the arc. This collection we really felt spoke to the theme of connection.

Monsters has been noted for having a new and different overall sound compared to previous releases by The Midnight. Tim McEwan said a goal with Monsters was to “broaden the palette a bit and sonically evolve the sound of not just us but what is allowed in synthwave and question what is synthwave” and also to not be “encumbered by rules of a genre.”183)184) McEwan elaborated further stating “I think there's a tendency with all genres to be bubbled into this chamber of one specific genre, and I felt it was important for us to move forward and to have the ability to move freely.”185) Tyler Lyle said with regards to Monsters that McEwan “is evolving the sound a little bit more” and that “We’re opening the palette a little bit more — in some ways becoming a little bit more acoustic and in other ways becoming more dance-focused in different areas.”186) During a fan question-and-answer session on Twitter prior to the release of Monsters, he mentioned that he “wrote about 250 songs between 2016-2019” and “20 something of those songs got properly demoed/ realistically considered for Monsters.”187)

McEwan stated that he took inspiration from various genres including soft rock, lo-fi hip-hop, and trance. Influences of vaporwave can also be heard on tracks like America Online and City Dreams (interlude).188) The song Dream Away is mentioned by McEwan as being a “homage to the 90s wave of world influenced electronic music like Deep Forest and Engima.”189) Lyle said that his work on Monsters was inspired by a string of Bruce Springsteen albums from the late 1970s to early 1980s, with the song Prom Night regarded as “an openhearted nod to Springsteen's gift as a dark and complicated writer who could also write a full throated pop song without those two words seeming to contradict.”190) Lyle's vocals are supplemented with vocoder effects on the songs Monsters, Fire In The Sky, America Online, Deep Blue, and Night Skies, with the effect heard on Fire In The Sky actually being McEwan's voice.191)

The instrumental version of Monsters was released on October 8, 2020.192) Unlike previous instrumental releases, the Monsters instrumentals include songs that were already instrumental on the original album.

# TITLE LENGTH
1. 1991 (intro) 0:27
2. America Online 5:49
3. Dance With Somebody 4:17
4. Seventeen 4:02
5. Dream Away 3:39
6. The Search for Ecco 4:04
7. Prom Night 5:02
8. Fire In The Sky 4:09
9. Monsters (feat. Jupiter Winter) 3:17
10. Helvetica 5:16
11. Brooklyn 4:14
12. Deep Blue 3:57
13. Night Skies 3:04
14. City Dreams (interlude) 2:17
15. Last Train 4:22
TOTAL LENGTH 57:56

Credits
All songs written by Tim McEwan and Tyler Lyle except for Monsters, which was written by Tim McEwan, Tyler Lyle, and Lelia Broussard, and Fire In The Sky, which was written by Tim McEwan, Tyler Lyle, and Collin McLoughlin. All songs produced by Tim McEwan.
Additional instrumentation was provided by Thomas Edinger (saxophone on Dance With Somebody), Oliver McEwan (synth bass on Dance With Somebody, Bass & fretless bass on Brooklyn), Daniel Heløy Davidsen (Lead guitar solo on Seventeen), Izzy Fontaine (additional guitar and guitar solo on Brooklyn, guitar on Prom Night & Last Train), and Jesse Molloy (saxophone on Deep Blue). The album was mixed by Tim McEwan and mastered by Emily Lazar and Chris Allgood at The Lodge in New York, NY. Songs were recorded in Los Angeles, CA, Atlanta, GA, and the back of a tour bus all over the world.
Artwork and layout by Aaron Campbell.


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