Get nostalgic with Niterunner’s ‘Long Road’
A family bound by synth-pop sounds like my kind of fam – it’s a bonus if they make some damn good tunes to boot. Enter NITERUNNER, a trio of siblings from Byron Bay who have dropped their newest single ,‘Long Road’. It’s a cut full of funky beats and arpeggiated synths, perfect for fans of both beach parties and Stranger Things.
Cutting their retro-loving teeth earlier in the year with tracks like ‘Out of Your Hands’ and ‘Impatient’, ‘Long Road’ sees Niterunner solidifying their sound with some disco-inspired instrumentation amongst the ethereal synths and pulsing basslines. The vocals remain perfectly subdued, longing for a companion at the end of the titular road. The chorus is a delicious blend of simple and catchy sounds, drawing perfectly on the very best of 80s synth pop.
‘Long Road’ also strikes a delicate balance between the urgency evoked by the lyrics and a sense of picturesque calm. Despite a BPM faster than we’ve seen from the trio previously, the track never feels rushed. Rather, the gorgeous production allows it to thump along at a dreamy pace. You can almost picture the protagonist of the track driving along a beach-side highway at night, sunnies on, wind in their hair, and nothing but them, the road and the sea.
When you can picture the music video in your head, you know you’ve got a great track on your hands – and ‘Long Road’ is that and more. It’s moody, catchy and, best of all, nostalgic as heck – and a fantastic evolution of Niterunner’s finely crafted sound.
WORDS BY MAX LEWIS