City Dreams (interlude)

2020 The Midnight song (Track 14 from Monsters)
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"City Dreams (interlude)"
Song by The Midnight
from the album Monsters
ReleasedJuly 10, 2020 (2020-07-10)
LabelCounter Records
Producer(s)Tim McEwan
Monsters track listing

City Dreams (interlude)[1] is a song by The Midnight. It is the fourteenth track from their album Monsters.

The song was written by band members Tim McEwan and Tyler Lyle and produced by McEwan. It has a running time of two minutes and 17 seconds and is in the key of D major.

City Dreams is a callback to Seventeen. A faint male voice can be heard doing an advert for a clothing or department store. Towards the end, the chorus of Seventeen is heard. During an interview with Magnetic Magazine, the band talked about the desire to revisit Seventeen through City Dreams:[2]

Tim: Vaporwave in its purest. The echoes of “Seventeen” ties it back to the start of the album and really makes it clear that all of this was a memory. A photograph that is now faded.

Tyler: We wanted the colors of “Seventeen” to come back near the end of the record and give some space before the denouement. This is the palate cleanser.

The advert heard in the track is from an October 1989 Kmart cassette tape[3] and says:

Fantastic fall fashions are in our ladies and girls department today. You can choose from our Hunter's Glen collection, an array of fashion fall pants, sweaters and shirts, all in the latest styles and colors. For that sporty look we have a great selection of novelty fleece tops, private labels and labeled jeans. We also have a terrific selection of girl sweaters and fleece separates to choose from.

Official versions

City Dreams (interlude)

from Monsters


  1. "City Dreams (interlude) | The Midnight". Bandcamp. July 10, 2020. Archived from the original on May 6, 2021. Retrieved April 7, 2022.
  2. Middleton, Ryan (July 10, 2020). "The Director's Cut: The Midnight - MONSTERS - Magnetic Magazine". Magnetic Magazine. Archived from the original on April 6, 2022. Retrieved April 7, 2022.
  3. "Kmart October 1989 : Tape-A-Thon : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive". Internet Archive. October 1989. Archived from the original on September 25, 2015. Retrieved June 11, 2023.