One of the wonders of music is its ability to loan you feelings you’re having trouble bringing forth on your own. If you long for those first green shoots of hope, those glowing moments when you realize things aren’t that bad and better times do lie ahead, Johnny Nash’s 1972 hit “I Can See Clearly Now” might be just what you need. It’s an unapologetically optimistic song with a soaring vocal performance, infectious reggae beat, and some surprisingly good synthesizer work starting at the bridge.
I’ve scoured the interwebs but I can’t find any definitive information about the synths used on this song. The general consensus is that it’s a Moog Modular and that certainly fits the timeline and the sounds. My Synthesizers.com unit is essential a Moog clone and it’s trans-ladder filter tone is very close to the filter sweeps in the song.