Premiere: The Midnight shine on synthwave remix of SYML's 'Clean Eyes'

After releasing their nostalgia-fueled Kids LP in September, LA-based synthwave duo The Midnight proceed their tour de power into 2019 with new materials: a remix for SYML.

SYML’s “Clean Eyes” initially got here out the identical week as Kids. Its upbeat, catchy vibe caught the ears of listeners throughout the nation, main the observe into the highest 30 on Billboard‘s various charts. Upon its launch, SYML told Nettwerk Music Group that “Clean Eyes” was a “enjoyable problem” to create due to “the distinction between the intimate lyrics and anthemic choruses.”

Here, months later, The Midnight’s Tim McEwan and Tyler Lyle have leaned into the music’s intimate lyrics to craft one thing that’s wistful and introspective. Their retro tackle the observe makes use of ’80s-inspired synths and dreamy melodies to create a totally completely different temper. The dramatic synth stabs and filtered harmonies form a brand new technique to digest SYML’s vocals, and the ultimate product is a superbly slow-burning synthwave manufacturing that matches completely with SYML’s wistful lyrics.

“I’ve been a fan of [McEwan] for a minute,” SYML advised DA. “I completely love what he did with the music. It’s one factor to slap some synths and beats on one thing and name it a remix. What The Midnight brings is one other degree.”

The Midnight’s “Clean Eyes” remix superbly encompasses the ideas the duo construct their music round: the unhappy fantastic thing about seeing time go and the aching consciousness of impermanence.

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