The Midnight are thrilled to be announcing their new full-length studio album Heroes – due out September 9th via Counter Records.
Along with the news, the band is releasing the celebratory new single “Heartbeat” – a rousing and electrifying track that helps set the tone for the album, which was written during isolation by the band’s Tim McEwan and Tyler Lyle.
Heroes represents a clear sonic shift for the duo, who have expanded their lineup to include three live musicians – Lelia Broussard on bass, Royce Whittaker on guitar, and Justin Klunk on saxophone and synth – with both Broussard and Whittaker working alongside them on the new LP which was produced by McEwan and mixed by Ingmar Carlson (Tate McCrae, Disclosure, Carly Rae Jepsen).
Heroes is also the third in a trilogy of albums that started with 2018’s Kids – which reached #1 on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Chart – and was followed in 2020 with Monsters.
“…for me, Kids is self-knowledge, Monsters is self-love, and then Heroes is empathy,” said Lyle. “I got into depth psychology and this idea of etiology, the way a human forms,” he said about Heroes, adding that “the world doesn't get better but we do. We grow into ourselves. We grow into our voice.”.
You can hear this shift in the new songs which are more visceral and warmer. For a band that started as a synth-heavy duo, they have come a long way – creating fully realized arena worthy songs. From new single “Heartbeat” with its Van Halen-inspired synth leads, echoing drums, layered vocal chants and an explosive chorus to last month’s single, the propulsive guitar-laden “Change Your Heart or Die” – Heroes ushers in The Midnight’s next era with some of their biggest and boldest songs yet.
While taking a huge sonic step forward on Heroes, the band’s music still possesses the dramatic and nostalgic streak they’ve become known for since their 2014 debut in EP Days of Thunder. The new LP also reflects the confidence they’ve gained in their songwriting thanks in part due to their expanded live lineup. The band’s vivid sound is well-suited to full rock instrumentation, and the five-piece has cemented that in front on massive sold-out crowds this past year in 1-2k-capacity venues, up from 500-capacity clubs in 2019 and looking ahead to selling out London’s 5k-person Brixton Academy and similar sized venues in 2022.
Heroes is an album of songs about togetherness and trials won by love. Listen to both “Heartbeat” and “Change Your Heart or Die” now.
Erasure presents their new album Day-Glo (Based On A True Story) on vinyl and CD. An unexpected album, featuring 10 brand new songs, each track created using elements from The Neon universe. Familiar but unexpected, the songs bear little resemblance to the original album, although echoes of The Neon can be heard from time to time. The album is an alternative look at Vince and Andy's world, and marks the closure of this chapter of The Neon.
The CD edition is presented in eco packaging and includes a 16 page poster booklet.
"Erasure - Day-Glo (Based On A True Story)" is out 12th August 2022 on Mute and available for pre-order now.
Götterfunken is the debut album of European outfit Lucy Dreams. The LP is the next logical step on their musical journey, which has seen them establish a connection to the artificial band member Lucy, prosper as a band and develop their distinct euphoric dreampop style, in the past described as “unique artistry” (EARMILK), “Tame Impala in Blade Runner mode” (MICA), and as “captivating melancholy” (POPMUZIK). The album is released on Aztec Records (London).
Lucy Dreams is a dreampop trio hailing from the cultural metropolis Vienna and consists of David Reiterer and Philipp Prückl. Wait, trio? That is correct, because the essence of this band arises from a crystal ball that is seemingly enthroned above all their output. Lucy is an independent system of digital and analogue effects, which was developed by David and Philipp specifically for music production. Lucy can be understood as an A.I. - however, the connection between her and the two musicians of human lineage is a far more intimate one, as Lucy is deeply involved in the songwriting process. Nobel Prize winner and poet laureate Kazuo Ishiguro recently referred to his Klara as an A.F., an artificial friend, while tech magnates call their offspring X AE A-XII. So, at the very least, Lucy deserves the title of A.B., an artificial band member, whose shape gives her a minimum amount of plasticity.
2022 kicked off as what felt like the year after, at least that is what the public consensus wanted to welcome it as. But we are still right in the middle of it all. If anything, 2022 will be one of the final years before. It is difficult to predict whether a catastrophe or a new dawn is on the horizon. Even an intelligent crystal ball isn't able to tell as it might need an impetus. A spark. A Götterfunken.
Pensacola Mist 'play it cool' with their final ear-worm of a single 'Horizon', ahead of the highly anticipated release of their album 'Lost In Love' this Summer. With more than a few nods to action-filled cop movies of the 80s, 'Horizon' takes us on an adrenaline-filled car chase through the Hollywood Hills after a bank robbery goes awry. A tale of inexperience, ineptitude and fear unfolds. What happens when you're born in the City of Angels with a Devil on your shoulder?
Having already released two collaborations this year alone, Montreal's EhRah returns with L.A. singer VENMC for a third banger this spring: 'By the Weekend'. Taking direct influences from huge acts such as Daft Punk, The Weeknd and Pharrell Williams, 'By the Weekend' hits the listener with some retro-futuristic synths carrying a powerful vocal performance. Another funky bop.