Midnight Sun is a new wave song by The Sounds. It was recorded in early 2009 and was first published as track 8 on the album Crossing the Rubicon on 2009-06-02. The song was written and composed by Jesper Anderberg, Félix Rodríguez, with additional writing by Adam Schlesinger and James Iha. In the album recording, Maja Ivarsson sings vocals. Anderberg plays keyboards, synthesizer, and guitar. Rodríguez plays electric guitar. Fredrik Nilsson plays drums. Johan Bengtsson plays bass guitar.
A "midnight sun" is a phenomena that occurs in polar regions during a solstice when the sun is visible for a full 24 hour span. I also assume that it has a cultural significance to people who live near the poles, and since the group hails from Sweden, it fits into their culture.
I find this song to be especially beautiful, and for some reason it evokes a very intense feeling of nostalgia, to the point where tears well up in my eyes. The chorus is romantic, offering up praise to the subject of the song, comparing them to a midnight sun, and saying they are all the singer wants and needs. However, the verses paint a slight darker picture of not being able to break free from the past. The lyrics, however, are relatively simplistic; the real impact of the song comes from the way the music makes me feel. The audio has a mild tinge of loneliness--sort of a far-away feeling. It's perfect to listen to late at night when you're thinking about how you felt in relationships long since ended. This is my favorite song by The Sounds.
I'm not sure why, but this song brings up a particularly strong memory of staying up into the wee hours in of the morning in my parent's basement and playing Mega Man II in the dark when I was a child. I don't think the song reminds me of any particular music from Mega Man II, but I think the synth just reminds me of the NES Capcom sound.
Waking up with sunbeams in my eyes And the world outside seems to pass me by Embrace the land where the ocean meets the sand And your motion fades away until you take my hand I will be coming with you Tonight, you're all that I want You're all that I have, you're all I need You will be shining on me Like a midnight sun, you're the only one who can set me free You will set me free Still so young and anxious to be free But now I'm trapped inside all these memories There's more than this if you open up your eyes And then soon you will realize Those days are all gone I will be coming with you Tonight, you're all that I want You're all I have, you're all I need You will be shining on me Like a midnight sun, you're the only one who can set me free We need to find the way to live There's more to take, there's more to give We tried so hard, we tried to so hard This time we're all away I will be coming with you Tonight, you're all that I want You're all I have, you're all I need You will be shining on me Like a midnight sun, you're the only one who can set me free Like a midnight sun, you're the only one who can set me free. Like a midnight sun Like a midnight sun Like a midnight sun
- youtube.com/watch?v=a-2yt--8oQg - Album version.
- wikipedia.org/wiki/Crossing_the_Rubicon_%28The_Sounds_album%29 - Wikipedia page for Crossing the Rubicon.