Artist – Kavinsky
Album – Nightcall
Year – 2010
Genre – Electro House/Synthpop/Dance
People ask me all the time what my favorite album covers are. I tell them two covers: one has yet to be seen (but you’ll definitely see it in the future), and the other is Kavinsky’s Nightcall. Something about this cover just oozes cool. It’s like every awesome video game/movie character in one dark, moody, and badass package. The song is cool too, by the way. In case you were wondering. “Nightcall” was most prominently featured in the movie “Drive” to set the tone for the opening of the movie. It’s been sampled and covered by many, but the original is just a brilliant piece of retro dance goodness.
Kavinsky (Vincent Belorgey) sets the tone right off the bat with the coin drop, the crickets, the dial tone, and the howling wolf. You can practically feel the night air blowing on you as you hear the opening sound effects. The deep, throbbing bassline and beefy synth harken back to the good old 1980’s, which is exactly his intention. The whole melody line really conjures up images of a brightly lit neon street in the city. The song’s pacing is perfect for cruising in your car and just taking it all in.
The vocals in this song are super cool. Kavinsky’s robotic voice is icy and actually somewhat eerie, but they keep you entranced the whole time. The extra vocals at the end of each line also are a bit chilling, but add a bit of atmosphere to the verse for good measure. The verses sound like a robot talking through a telephone, but honestly, how is that not the coolest thing ever. Also, how do these lyrics not make you want to lurk in the shadows and feel like a villain.
I’m giving you a night call to tell you how I feel
I want to drive you through the night, down the hills
I’m gonna tell you something you don’t want to hear
I’m gonna show you where it’s dark, but have no fear
The chorus is where it gets really catchy. The female vocals (done by Lovefoxxx) are melodic and fit perfectly with the sunny and super 80’s synth notes in the music. The melody is hooky and will grab you during just one listen. The song really gets you with its contrast and atmosphere, and each element is pulled off extremely well in its own right.
Speaking of atmosphere, this song creates so much imagery through its limited beat, its startling. There’s really not too much going on, but Kavinsky uses the right tones, the right vocal effects, and the right changes at the right time to create a song that’s not only perfect for the club, but also for those warm summer nights when you roll your windows down and go for a drive. When you mix moodiness, slick beats and production, and kickass vocals, you get “Nightcall.” I said the song oozes cool, and now its up to you how to use that cool. Once you put it on your playlist/Ipod that is. Just remember, with great power comes…well you know the rest.
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