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.
Entire song: Abmaj7 / Cm7 / Fm IV / VIm / IV / IIm
Bbto get from
Eb, but the chord
Ebis never played
Cm7in the pad chords that play around 3:35
Entire song: Bb / C / Dm / F Bb / C / Dm / C IV / V / VIm / I IV / V / VIm / V
Dmit dips down to
Afor one note. This is a tiny but neat variation on the standard thumping root note synthwave bass.
Main: C / D / Em / Bm VI / VII / Im / Vm Solo: D / C / Eb / F
Ebin the solo)
Bb/D(not certain about this one)
Intro: Dm / C Verse: Dm / C / Bb Chorus: Bb / C / Dm Turnaround at end of solo: Dm / C / Gm / Am / Bb / C / Bm
Bmat the end of the solo is the only chromatic chord in the album. It helps get from the key of
Dmto the relative major key of
Bb. It sounds great.
Verse: Ab / Cm / Bb I / IIIm / II Chorus: Ab / Bb / Cm / Eb Ab / Bb / Cm I / II / IIIm / V I / II / IIIm
Ebto get from
Abon every other loop. This adds variation and avoids overusing the pleasant but prominent transition.
Whole song: Dm / C / Bb in various combinations Guitar solo: Throws in two rounds of Bb / C / Dm / Gsus4 towards the end
Gsus4in the guitar solo has to be a
sus4, it makes no sense with either a major or a minor third
Entire song: C / G / F C / G / F Am / Em / F Am / G / F
Am/G/Flines) is a nice, subtle variation on the first half. Since
Emare the relative minors of
Gthe two halves are close to harmonically identical. This means that the same loops can be played over the top with very little risk of dissonance.
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
Am / G / F / G Am / G / F / Em
Whole song: C#m / E / Amaj7
Amaj7is very audible
Most of the song: A / C#m / B in various combinations Towards the end: Amaj7 / C#m / B Amaj7 / B / F#sus4
Amaj7is again audible and important
Entire song: D / Bm / G / A / Bm