Robert Heaton


Endless Summer by The Midnight: a brief analysis

01 May 2019

Endless Summer by The Midnight is one of the best, purest, smoothest synthwave albums ever. Here are a few notes about its chords and production.

General notes

1. Endless Summer

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Entire song:
Abmaj7 / Cm7 / Fm
IV / VIm / IV / IIm

2. Sunset

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Entire song:
Bb / C / Dm / F
Bb / C / Dm / C

IV / V / VIm / I
IV / V / VIm / V

3. Daytona

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Main:
C / D / Em / Bm
VI / VII / Im / Vm

Solo:
D / C / Eb / F

4. Jason

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Intro:
Dm / C

Verse:
Dm / C / Bb

Chorus:
Bb / C / Dm

Turnaround at end of solo:
Dm / C / Gm / Am / Bb / C / Bm

5. Synthetic

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Verse:
Ab / Cm / Bb
I / IIIm / II

Chorus:
Ab / Bb / Cm / Eb
Ab / Bb / Cm
I / II / IIIm / V
I / II / IIIm

6. The Equaliser (Not Alone)

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Whole song:
Dm / C / Bb in various combinations

Guitar solo:
Throws in two rounds of Bb / C / Dm / Gsus4 towards the end

7. The Comeback Kid

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Entire song:
C / G / F
C / G / F
Am / Em / F
Am / G / F

8. Vampires

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Most of the song:
Bbm / Db / Ab / Gb
Im / III / VII / VI

Chorus:
Bbm / Db / Ab / Gb
Bbm / Db / Ab / Gb
Ebm / Fm / Gb
Bbm / Db / Ab / Gb

End of solo:
Ab / Fm / Gb
Bbm / Db / Ab / Gb

9. Crockett’s Revenge

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Am / G / F / G
Am / G / F / Em

10. Nighthawks

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Whole song:
C#m / E / Amaj7

11. Lonely City

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Most of the song:
A / C#m / B in various combinations

Towards the end:
Amaj7 / C#m / B
Amaj7 / B / F#sus4

12. Memories

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Entire song:
D / Bm / G / A / Bm

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