« The night city grows, look and see her eyes, they glow »

M83, "Midnight City" (Hurry Up, We're Dreaming - 2011)

Midnight City
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"Midnight City" is a song by French electronic music artist M83.
Gonzalez's observations of Downtown Los Angeles at night helped inspire "Midnight City"'s lyrics. Gonzalez created the song's opening riffs by heavily distorting his own voice. The song ends on a saxophone solo played by Fitz and The Tantrums' James King. Regarding the solo, Gonzalez said: "Sometimes a song needs an element to be finished. You know that this element has been overused in the past and is considered cliched or cheesy, but the song needs it.

Going with Hurry Up, We're Dreaming's theme of childhood, the artwork for the "Midnight City" single was meant to reflect the fascination a kid experience while watching a fantasy or science fiction film. Gonzalez described the single's cover as "a crazy looking alien, a sort of mix of owls and E.T. and science fiction and fantasy movies like The Neverending Story."

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Midnight City

A music video for "Midnight City", directed by Fleur & Manu, was released on October 17, 2011.
The video features telekinetic children who escape a boarding school and test their powers in an abandoned warehouse.
According to M83, the video is a tribute to Village of the Damned and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.