- Release Date 2017-12-18
- Label Silk Music
- Catalog SILKM151
Kicking off the release, visionary Boston-based composer We Are All Astronauts reveals the first of several collaborative "Synthetic" interpretations; he is joined by American producer and fellow Silk Music newcomer Lost Empire on this specific rendering. In the early going, a gentle house beat, infused with a deep, swingy groove, sits below Tim McEwan's soulful vocal. As the song progresses, a symphonic layer to the arrangement emerges, ultimately leading to a poignant, string-backed main breakdown. Signaling the full thematic metamorphosis of the song's protagonist to a non-human entity, a video-game inspired new melody line carries the midrange to the song's conclusion.
On "The Midnight Remixed," label muse Mango, alongside We Are All Astronauts, revealed his first production in years, an inspired indie-house take on "Synthetic," now appearing on this follow-up single as well. Waves of melody imbue the soundscape with touches of both melancholy and euphoria, which is to say: Mango is in vintage form from the song's earliest moments. The juxtaposition of Tim's wistful vocal with Mango and WAAA's uplifting instrumentation feels pitch-perfect for the nostalgic mood evoked by The Midnight's music, in general.
Finally, We Are All Astronauts offers his own solo interpretation, in which the arrangement is denuded of any percussive elements via a glorious, fully orchestral three-minute intro. The heartrending instrumentation, matched by Tim's affecting vocal performance, sets up a cathartic, 'post-rock' finale, in which ambient-electronic textures provide the underpinning for an edgy and, ultimately, anthemic rock score. As Tim's vocal gently fades into a sea of symphonic sounds, the coda poignantly captures the transience of life's beauty.