In the excitement of the release of their new single “America Online”, I shifted the recommendations this week to include an incredible album from 80s Synthwave duo The Midnight.
In most of their works, Tyler Lyle and Tim McEwan have a knack for capturing the Japanese concept of mono no aware, a bittersweet nostalgia for the past. Kids attempts to capture the feeling of growing up in the 80s, and what it means to leave those feelings behind as they fade to memories. This is especially apparent in the interlude “Saturday Mornings” and the album title reprise.
Synthwave as a genre tends to feel artificial, commercial, flat and insincere. Anything by The Midnight, especially this record, is genuine and warm. The production isn’t cheesy, the well-produced sounds tend to wash over you as the vocals tell an emotional story.
Tracks to Try: the bittersweet “Kids (Prelude)”, the kickin’ “Wave”, and the honest “America 2.”
Check out a personal favorite, “Lost Boy”, below: