Los Angeles-located cinematic alternative rock band Midnight Divide releases its second self-recorded EP, titled Dichotomy, August 8th. The EP is a captivating and dynamic hybrid of the alt-rock, electronic, and pop genres. It follows up the band’s 2015 debut EP, Embrace The Wave, which reached #149 on the CMJ 200.
Midnight Divide takes inspiration from the nocturnal hours when the imagination flourishes while lost in fantastical dreams. Austen Moret (vocals, guitar), Dan Beltran (lead guitar), Jace McPartland (bass), and Sab Cahrunas (drums) may have met up only a couple of years ago, but their sound is polished and powerful, from the reflective and longing ballads Fireline and Talking to wild all-out rockers like Animal Eyes and Ketamine.
Each song off Dichotomy moves with a panoramic film-like sweep, rich in instrumentation and detailed and melodic in composition. Moret’s vocals are the final and ear-catching touch as he segues from deeply brooding tones to raw dramatics and fervently yearning cries.
Dichotomy displays the emotional aftermath of betrayal by a loved one. The two pairs of songs on the EP mirror each other, with Animal Eyes focused on revenge and Fireline revealing the need to move on, and Ketamine spotlighting the toxic relationship and Talking delivering the message that sometimes it’s best to just let go.
Dichotomy is an undeniable evolution in Midnight Divide’s sound and one that incorporates pop-oriented synths and hip-hop-vibed electronic production into its harder edged guitars and drums-driven rock sonics. As Moret puts it, “At our core we’re a rock band, but we didn’t want to be limited to that. Synths are way too fun to ignore.”
Written by: Jen Dan