Swedish trance & progressive maestro Johan Vilborg continues to contribute enormously to our imprint as a co-host of our weekly radio show, Silk Music Showcase, as well as lending production credits to some of our most significant annual releases, most recently "The Midnight Remixed" and "Silk Music Showcase 06." With respect to the latter, a mixed form of Johan's euphoric "Seasons" closed out Tom Fall's continuous mix. It's our privilege to finally share an extended, DJ-friendly version of "Seasons," paired with the brand feel-good anthem "Swetro."
Fans of Johan Vilborg's beloved signature sound will have cause to celebrate, as the melodic layers of "Seasons" are nothing short of rapturous. We are treated to their radiance and roaring intensity quite early in the arrangement, and, of course, again in the climactic drop. In between, an elegant and almost meditative main breakdown reflects the growth and maturity of the Swedish veteran's musicianship.
Another vintage Vilborg cut, "Swetro" (a cheeky abbreviation of "Swedish retro"), shares similarities with his celebrated remix of Dinka's "Lotus," perhaps his most recognizable work. In the early going, we are introduced to a gorgeous symphonic theme, which is soon followed by Johan Vilborg's quintessential layered chords, as lush and uplifting as ever before. A crescendoing rhythmic and melodic arrangement completely drops out halfway through the song, leaving the listener with only the mellifluous sounds of a string and piano interlude; suddenly, the momentous chords re-emerge and lead the listener to a thrilling hands-in-the-air moment.
So many sunny, feel good vibes, no wonder this album is cited as a pillar of the synthwave genre. Even today, this stands out from the crowd with all it's catchy and well crafted heart and soul. Hard to pick a favorite but...... John Ponton, III
Noctural is an amazing album by the always amazing The Midnight. Although I prefer the first five tracks to the last two, this was something that I have been meaning to collect. Only one more of the main releases to go :)
PS Nocturnal is my favourite title track followed by Days of Thunder DJ Fazbear