Monsters
by The Midnight

— Released 10th July 2020 on Counter Records

The Midnight announce MONSTERS, their new album on Counter Records. MONSTERS finds the duo of Tyler Lyle and Tim McEwan, who’ve gone from online cult fascination to the #1 spot of the Billboard Electronic Album Chart, creating a sweeping sound that fuses Americana archetypes with an evocative electronic palette referencing synth-driven film scores, deep house, pop, and rock. MONSTERS sees a continuation of The Midnight's immersive world-building that has attracted a rabid fanbase — a comm...

The Midnight announce MONSTERS, their new album on Counter Records. MONSTERS finds the duo of Tyler Lyle and Tim McEwan, who’ve gone from online cult fascination to the #1 spot of the Billboard Electronic Album Chart, creating a sweeping sound that fuses Americana archetypes with an evocative electronic palette referencing synth-driven film scores, deep house, pop, and rock. MONSTERS sees a continuation of The Midnight's immersive world-building that has attracted a rabid fanbase — a communal coalition of internet culture obsessives, bedroom producers, Tumblr goths, cosplayers, teenagers, their parents, and everyone in between — who have been pining for a new album for almost two years.

“MONSTERS is the story of being a teenager,” says the band. “Adolescence is messy, tragic, brutal, wistful, and beautiful. MONSTERS is all of that.” From the album artwork by Aaron Campbell to the song titles, the record excavates teenage emotions through nostalgic touchstones — the early internet, VHS tapes, Playstations, movie posters — to recreate the thrilling and crushing experiences of those tumultuous years. 

Whether it’s the filtered, faded vocals of “America Online” that express an almost repressed, earnest adolescent longing or the coy come-ons of the percussive “Dance With Somebody,” MONSTERS operates in a universe where every emotion is treated with life or death import. It’s an enveloping depiction of a time when life is outsized in every way, and its overwhelming sense of romance is intoxicating — the result is a masterful collage of the entire 50+ year history of electronic pop from John Carpenter through to Vaporwave and The Weeknd, agape at the endless possibilities of sound and sensation.

The Midnight are Tyler Lyle and Tim McEwan, who were initially brought together at the suggestion of a musical colleague. Instrumentalist and producer Tim hails from the UK and Denmark and came up producing hip-hop and pop acts, while singer/lyricist/guitarist Tyler grew up in rural Georgia and was a singer-songwriter who also worked with folk and country stars. 

The band’s fateful pairing yielded their debut album DAYS OF THUNDER (2014), which showcased their quickly realized potential on concert staples “Gloria” and “Los Angeles.” Onward they’d delve further into the human condition as they released popular albums ENDLESS SUMMER (2016), NOCTURNAL (2017) and the Billboard Electronic Album Chart #1 KIDS (2018). 

Over the years, the band have created a safe space for all of their fans through the dreamy yet vulnerable world they've built. They’ve amassed hundreds of millions of streams and built a thriving online community that convenes on message boards and the band’s dedicated Reddit to remix tracks, discover easter eggs in their artwork, and opine about theories and personal connection to the music.  Their passionate fanbase has also propelled them from their very first shows in 2018 to sold-out shows in 2,500-capacity venues (including The Novo in Los Angeles and Roundhouse in London) and appearances at major festivals including Electric Forest, Firefly, and Forecastle. 

Monsters
by The Midnight

— Released 10th July 2020 on Counter Records

Physical

2xLP (COUNT198)

140g limited purple swirl vinyl in a gloss varnished, gatefold sleeve with printed inners. Download code included.

 
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Gatefold digipak card case with gloss varnish artwork and printed inner wallet.

£8.00
 

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2xLP (COUNT198)

140g limited purple swirl vinyl in a gloss varnished, gatefold sleeve with printed inners. Download code included.

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Cassette (COUNTCAS198)

Purple transparent shell cassette tape in a clear case with printed J card insert.

£10.00
MP3 (COUNTDNL198)
£5.00
CD (COUNTCD198)

Gatefold digipak card case with gloss varnish artwork and printed inner wallet.

£8.00
16-bit WAV (COUNTDNL198W)
£8.00

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Tracklist

  • CD
  • Cassette
  • 2xLP
  • MP3
  • 16-bit WAV
  1. 1
    1991 (intro)
  2. 2
    America Online
  3. 3
    Dance With Somebody
  4. 4
    Seventeen
  5. 5
    Dream Away
  6. 6
    The Search for Ecco
  7. 7
    Prom Night
  8. 8
    Fire In The Sky
  9. 9
    Monsters  (featuring Jupiter Winter)
  10. 10
    Helvetica
  11. 11
    Brooklyn
  12. 12
    Deep Blue
  13. 13
    Night Skies
  14. 14
    City Dreams (interlude)
  15. 15
    Last Train
  16.  
    Play All (15)
  1. 1
    1991 (intro)
  2. 2
    America Online
  3. 3
    Dance With Somebody
  4. 4
    Seventeen
  5. 5
    Dream Away
  6. 6
    The Search for Ecco
  7. 7
    Prom Night
  8. 8
    Fire In The Sky
  9. 9
    Monsters  (featuring Jupiter Winter)
  10. 10
    Helvetica
  11. 11
    Brooklyn
  12. 12
    Deep Blue
  13. 13
    Night Skies
  14. 14
    City Dreams (interlude)
  15. 15
    Last Train
  16.  
    Play All (15)
  1. 1
    1991 (intro)
  2. 2
    America Online
  3. 3
    Dance With Somebody
  4. 4
    Seventeen
  5. 5
    Dream Away
  6. 6
    The Search for Ecco
  7. 7
    Prom Night
  8. 8
    Fire In The Sky
  9. 9
    Monsters  (featuring Jupiter Winter)
  10. 10
    Helvetica
  11. 11
    Brooklyn
  12. 12
    Deep Blue
  13. 13
    Night Skies
  14. 14
    City Dreams (interlude)
  15. 15
    Last Train
  16.  
    Play All (15)
  1. 1
    1991 (intro)
  2. 2
    America Online
  3. 3
    Dance With Somebody
  4. 4
    Seventeen
  5. 5
    Dream Away
  6. 6
    The Search for Ecco
  7. 7
    Prom Night
  8. 8
    Fire In The Sky
  9. 9
    Monsters  (featuring Jupiter Winter)
  10. 10
    Helvetica
  11. 11
    Brooklyn
  12. 12
    Deep Blue
  13. 13
    Night Skies
  14. 14
    City Dreams (interlude)
  15. 15
    Last Train
  16.  
    Play All (15)
  1. 1
    1991 (intro)
  2. 2
    America Online
  3. 3
    Dance With Somebody
  4. 4
    Seventeen
  5. 5
    Dream Away
  6. 6
    The Search for Ecco
  7. 7
    Prom Night
  8. 8
    Fire In The Sky
  9. 9
    Monsters  (featuring Jupiter Winter)
  10. 10
    Helvetica
  11. 11
    Brooklyn
  12. 12
    Deep Blue
  13. 13
    Night Skies
  14. 14
    City Dreams (interlude)
  15. 15
    Last Train
  16.  
    Play All (15)

The Midnight announce MONSTERS, their new album on Counter Records. MONSTERS finds the duo of Tyler Lyle and Tim McEwan, who’ve gone from online cult fascination to the #1 spot of the Billboard Electronic Album Chart, creating a sweeping sound that fuses Americana archetypes with an evocative electronic palette referencing synth-driven film scores, deep house, pop, and rock. MONSTERS sees a continuation of The Midnight's immersive world-building that has attracted a rabid fanbase — a comm...

The Midnight announce MONSTERS, their new album on Counter Records. MONSTERS finds the duo of Tyler Lyle and Tim McEwan, who’ve gone from online cult fascination to the #1 spot of the Billboard Electronic Album Chart, creating a sweeping sound that fuses Americana archetypes with an evocative electronic palette referencing synth-driven film scores, deep house, pop, and rock. MONSTERS sees a continuation of The Midnight's immersive world-building that has attracted a rabid fanbase — a communal coalition of internet culture obsessives, bedroom producers, Tumblr goths, cosplayers, teenagers, their parents, and everyone in between — who have been pining for a new album for almost two years.

“MONSTERS is the story of being a teenager,” says the band. “Adolescence is messy, tragic, brutal, wistful, and beautiful. MONSTERS is all of that.” From the album artwork by Aaron Campbell to the song titles, the record excavates teenage emotions through nostalgic touchstones — the early internet, VHS tapes, Playstations, movie posters — to recreate the thrilling and crushing experiences of those tumultuous years. 

Whether it’s the filtered, faded vocals of “America Online” that express an almost repressed, earnest adolescent longing or the coy come-ons of the percussive “Dance With Somebody,” MONSTERS operates in a universe where every emotion is treated with life or death import. It’s an enveloping depiction of a time when life is outsized in every way, and its overwhelming sense of romance is intoxicating — the result is a masterful collage of the entire 50+ year history of electronic pop from John Carpenter through to Vaporwave and The Weeknd, agape at the endless possibilities of sound and sensation.

The Midnight are Tyler Lyle and Tim McEwan, who were initially brought together at the suggestion of a musical colleague. Instrumentalist and producer Tim hails from the UK and Denmark and came up producing hip-hop and pop acts, while singer/lyricist/guitarist Tyler grew up in rural Georgia and was a singer-songwriter who also worked with folk and country stars. 

The band’s fateful pairing yielded their debut album DAYS OF THUNDER (2014), which showcased their quickly realized potential on concert staples “Gloria” and “Los Angeles.” Onward they’d delve further into the human condition as they released popular albums ENDLESS SUMMER (2016), NOCTURNAL (2017) and the Billboard Electronic Album Chart #1 KIDS (2018). 

Over the years, the band have created a safe space for all of their fans through the dreamy yet vulnerable world they've built. They’ve amassed hundreds of millions of streams and built a thriving online community that convenes on message boards and the band’s dedicated Reddit to remix tracks, discover easter eggs in their artwork, and opine about theories and personal connection to the music.  Their passionate fanbase has also propelled them from their very first shows in 2018 to sold-out shows in 2,500-capacity venues (including The Novo in Los Angeles and Roundhouse in London) and appearances at major festivals including Electric Forest, Firefly, and Forecastle.