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Night Skies

Night Skies1) is a song by The Midnight. It is the thirteenth track from their album Monsters.

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The song was written by band members Tim McEwan and Tyler Lyle and produced by McEwan. It has a running time of three minutes and four seconds and is in the key of A minor.

Night Skies shares a similar backing track to the one used in The Midnight's remix of Clean Eyes (The Midnight Remix) by SYML. During an interview with Magnetic Magazine, the band commented on the song's production:2)

Tim: This is your classic The Midnight “cruising through the rainy streets at night while contemplating lost love” type track. Tyler originally wrote this and sang it as a blues style song and then I threw his voice through a vocoder.

Tyler: I wanted to write a blues song in the Midnight Universe. This was my attempt. Tim and I worked on this one together in Atlanta, and it came together really quickly. “A million horsepower no steering wheel” was the inspiration for the song- someone just so out of control and with so much intensity. It’s the first part of a tragedy we all know.

Your house is on fire won’t you let me in
Your house is on fire won’t you let me in
I’m drowning in desire
Your hair
Your skin
The flames burn hotter the deeper you go in

Your house is on fire won’t you let me in
Your house is on fire won’t you let me in
I’m drowning in desire
Your hair
Your skin
The flame burns hotter the deeper you go in

1000 miles an hour, how does it feel?
A million horsepower, no steering wheel
Running off the shoulder, asleep on the stage
Exploding cold steel, fire beauty and rage

Your ship is sinking let me climb aboard
Your ship is sinking let me climb aboard
The flames burning hotter, oh my lord
Your ship is sinking let me climb aboard

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Oliver McEwan

Oliver McEwan

Oliver McEwan (born 1984)4) is a Danish bass player, musical director, and songwriter. He is the brother of Tim McEwan, the primary producer and songwriter of The Midnight.

McEwan has played bass for artists such as Atomic Kitten, Kyle Minogue, Rick Astley and several artists produced under Deekay, who his brother Tim is a member of. He has also played bass on several television shows, including Eurovision and the Danish version of The X-Factor.

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Endless Summer

Endless Summer album cover
Instrumental version cover

Endless Summer is the first album from The Midnight. It was released independently by the band on August 5, 2016.5) The instrumental version of the album was released on August 13, 2016.6)

Two singles were released from Endless Summer prior to the album's release: Sunset, which was released on May 13, 20167) and Vampires, which released on June 10, 2016.8)

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Endless Summer is the first full-length album from The Midnight, arriving two years after the band's debut EP Days of Thunder. The band announced on social media in January 2015 that new material was being worked on, and a clip of what would become the song Endless Summer was posted.9) Previews of new songs continued to be shared over the remainder of the year. In February, Tim McEwan posted a photo of himself and Tyler Lyle in the studio,10) and an early snippet of Vampires was shared on the same day.11) In March, early clips of Sunset and Daytona (then titled Daytona Beach) were shared.12)13) In May, several new clips were posted, including another one of Endless Summer, another one for Sunset, and one for Nighthawks.14)15)16) Also in May, a snippet of a new song presumably called She Was Dreamin' of Boys (featuring vocals by McEwan) was posted, but the song did not make the final album.17) A small snip of the album artwork (done by Taylor Allen) was revealed in July, and at that time the release was referred to as an EP.18) It was announced in August that the release of the EP/album was still several months away, with McEwan citing a desire to “push the envelope on the synthwave genre.”19) In September, now removed teasers of the album were uploaded to Soundcloud and Youtube.20)21) In October, a small clip of an unknown song that did not make the album was shared.22) In November, a clip of The Equaliser (Not Alone) was posted, and the song was slated to be released in December, but it was not actually released until March 2016, when it was featured on the Drive Radio compilation Selection Volume 1.23)24)25)

Throughout the first half of 2016, more information about the forthcoming album continued to be shared by the band. A snippet of Crockett's Revenge was posted on social media in March,26) and it was announced that Thomas Edinger, who played saxophone on the Days of Thunder EP, would be playing saxophone on three songs on the new album.27) Tim McEwan also said around this time that he expected the album/EP to have around eight to ten tracks, with a few instrumentals and one or two songs with him on vocals.28) An early clip of Memories was shared in April,29) and McEwan stated in a Facebook comment that writing for the album was complete and the production of tracks was in progress.30) He additionally mentioned in a separate post that the album would have a more “noir” feel compared to Days of Thunder.31) At the beginning of May, Sunset was announced as the first official single from Endless Summer.32) The single was officially released on May 13.33) Later that month, McEwan said that the album was likely to be released in June, noting that the production of Sunset took longer than expected and stated further that more singles would be released in the meantime.34) In early June, a second single Vampires was announced and was officially released on June 10.35)36) More clips continued to be shared after the release of the two singles. A longer clip of Crockett's Revenge was shared in June,37) and in July a snippet of The Comeback Kid was posted.38) On July 25, the album was officially announced and given a release date of August 5.39) The album artwork was also revealed. On August 1, the tracklist was revealed.40) Endless Summer officially released on August 5, receiving positive reviews from critics.41)42)43)

In 2017, electronic music label Silk Music issued two singles from Endless Summer containing remixes: Sunset, which was released on August 7,44) and Synthetic, which released on December 18.45) These singles lead to the eventual release of the band's first remix album, The Midnight Remixed.

Endless Summer contains the song Synthetic, which as of 2020 is the only released The Midnight song with vocals written and sung by band member Tim McEwan. The album also features the band's first collaboration with Los Angeles based singer-songwriter Nikki Flores on the track Jason. The band would later collaborate with Flores again on the songs Light Years and Because The Night, and she has also toured with the band several times. McEwan said that the album's title was derived from a 1966 surf documentary film he watched titled The Endless Summer, stating that it gave him “this yearning for summer never to end.”46) He suggested this name to Tyler Lyle and encouraged him to use it as a basis for lyrics for a track idea he had, which resulted in the song Endless Summer and the album being given the title as well.

The instrumental version of Endless Summer was released on August 13, 2016.47)

1. Endless Summer 6:45
2. Sunset 5:26
3. Daytona 4:52
4. Jason (feat. Nikki Flores) 5:31
5. Synthetic 3:19
6. The Equalizer (Not Alone) 3:49
7. The Comeback Kid 5:21
8. Vampires 5:17
9. Crockett's Revenge 5:22
10. Nighthawks 3:48
11. Lonely City 5:14
12. Memories 6:19

All songs written by Tim McEwan and Tyler Lyle except for Jason, which was written by Tim McEwan, Tyler Lyle, and Nikki Flores, and Nighthawks, which was written by Tim McEwan, Tyler Lyle, and Oliver McEwan. All songs produced by Tim McEwan.
Additional instrumentation was provided by Thomas Edinger (saxophone), Johannes Jørgensen (guitar on Sunset), Mads Storm (synth solo on Daytona), and Nikki Flores (vocals on Jason). The album was mixed by Tim McEwan and mastered by Anders Schumann at Studio C4 in Copenhagen.

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