The Texas duo Night Drive, consisting of Rodney Connell and Brandon Duhon, have put together an interesting heavily 80s synth driven LP, simply titled, Night Drive. On initial listen, you could have sworn that you were transported back to the 1980s, but upon closer examination, you are treated to better production and cleaner lyrics. If there were a comparison, it would be like Billy Idol jumped forward 30 years and did a collaboration with Daft Punk. The overflowing soundscape of sci-fi samples and overarching synthetic-based melodies matched with the harmonious vocals of both Connell and Duhon create an epic, grand musical vision.
Night Drive‘s first single off the album was one of the best tracks on their self-titled LP is “Rise and Fall”. As the debut single off the new record, it had the dubious honor of setting the tone and it does a heck of a job. The crooning, pleading vocals and the heart-racing percussion almost insists that you tap your toes or bob your head along with the rhythm. It is infectious and wholly enjoyable.
Following “Rise and Fall” is the dark and grimy “Arboria”. The track could easily fit into a futuristic dystopian sci-fi movie blockbuster during a rave. (You know what I am talking!) Anyhow, the echoing vocals and synth beats layered upon each other gives the song a dark, hopeless feeling that is engaging and stimulating.
This album is beautifully retro, yet filled with modern twists and brilliant updated production. Night Drive drives home a stunning album that is absolutely worth picking up.
The self-titled LP, Night Drive by Night Drive, is available now on their website. And check out the official video for their song, “Rise and Fall” below!