Synthwave, also known as modern Synth-Pop (Electro-Pop) is a style of electronic music heavily influenced by the sounds of the 1980s. This fresh cultural movement reached mainstream success in the 2010s. Moreover, its own visual style is characterized mainly by neon colors, a bright combination of magentas and purples.
There are other aesthetics elements like VHS effects, chrome, and gridlines that come into play on music videos and cover artworks. To tell the truth, Synthwave artists are rising in popularity. Discover 5 things that still inspire their imagination when it comes to creating new songs.
1 – DRIVE
This movie released in 2011 by Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn was the gateway for those who knew nothing of Synthwave’s emergence before. The entire film is so compelling as the score features synth-based music in order to awaken the viewer’s emotions.
2 – Signalnoise
James White aka Signalnoise is considered the godfather of the Synthwave aesthetic. Check out his online portfolio and you’ll get amused by his striking neon-infused art projects created for himself and for his clients.
3 – ‘Endless Summer’ Album
Dropped in 2016, ‘Endless Summer’ is the debut album of The Midnight, an Atlanta/Los Angeles-based duo. They encapsulate perfect retro vibes of the Synthwave genre while delivering 55 minutes of musical indulgence.
4 – Hotline Miami
Perhaps, this is one of the most stylish shooter video games influenced by DRIVE and featuring Synthwave music as part of the pulsating soundtrack. As a matter of fact, it helped to propel the careers of musicians like Perturbator and M|O|O|N.
5 – Kung Fury
A Comedy short film from 2015 that lasts only 30 minutes is still inspiring for Synthwave artists. Basically, it pays homage to martial arts and police vintage movies. Best of all, David Hasselhoff forms part of it. The famous actor interprets the main theme song, “True Survivor,” amassing over 43 million views on YouTube.
Electro-Pop Made In Canada, Listen To “Illusions” By Nouveaux
Discovering Nouveaux‘s music feels like finding a hidden treasure. The new band from British Columbia, Canada, plans to shape the future of Electro-Pop in the Land of the Maple Leaf.
Seriously, their debut single, “Illusions” is highly addictive to listen to. Not to mention, the accompanying visuals have a real retro-futuristic vibe, transcending time and space.
On the other hand, the charismatic vocalist Michelle Smolnicki turns her lyrics into a call to reflection on authentic love and fantasy. Loaded with desires of nostalgia and passion, “Illusions” could easily fit any mood or playlist.
Good jams are very underrated these days. Only those with good taste in music will notice this Electro-Pop project is an exceptional effort made in Canada which abounds in creativity.
Can’t wait to hear more!
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Exotic Electro-Pop Producer Sindresu Shares “Daydream” Single
Exotic Electro-Pop producer Sindresu has shared his recently released single “Daydream” via Sindresu Records. The Norwegian musician has previously had his music signed to the Swedish-American record label LoudKult and featured on the YouTube Tastemaker channel and Indie label ChillYourMind. In addition, he has had three of his singles, “Get Out of My Head,” “Sublime,” and “Weightless,” appear on the popular YouTube channel MrRevillz, while on air his music has received spins on Norway’s biggest radio station NRK P1 Radio. All in all, the accumulated support has helped him to reach just under 2 million streams across platforms.
Born in Sunndalsora, Norway, but based in Stockholm, Sweden, Sindre Saether Ulfsnes, also known as Sindresu, began his musical adventure at age of five, when he was taught to play the violin. Later, he picked up the guitar and sat down to learn the piano. Presently, in search of a signature sound, Sindre blends aspects of Tropical House, Future Bass, RnB, and Pop, while drawing influence from industry giants like Avicii, Big Wild, Flume, and Matoma to create music that one can compare to the work of Sam Feldt, Kygo, and Lost Frequencies.
Sindresu sets a feel-good mood with his new record ‘Daydream’. The Norwegian musician has created an upbeat tune that steals us away and transports us to a paradisal island, where we dip our toes in salty chords and lay beneath sun-baked vocals. Like the gentle crash of waves, the melodious record soothes, capturing a moment of picturesque tranquillity.
Describing the concept of the single, Sindresu says: “Daydream is about escaping reality during dark times and is inspired by a difficult period in my life. I experienced serious burnout, which left me with declined health for a time. This song tells the story of being stuck in an unfulfilling life and dreaming of better days. I had this entire song, vocal and instrumental, finished in my head before even starting to produce it, since I wasn’t able to work at the time. The vocals were written by me and performed by vocalist Clayton Jones.”
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With Fearless Originality Prince Woods Releases “butterfly”
The eclectic music from Prince Woods encapsulates Electronica and Pop textures showcasing his versatile taste as an artist. The lyric video for “butterfly” is part of a new adventure where his genuine creativity marks the difference.
Without a doubt, this track is peppered with personal emotions, glitch-like effects, and an infectious rhythm that gallops endlessly. Additionally, there’s also a punkish vibe/attitude which reflects his own signature sound.
Right off the bat, you’ll love how the high energy keeps up thanks to the pumping melodies and his soft vocals. Besides, it’s a joy and a real pleasure to hear such an original production from start to end.
Most importantly, if you’re into Hellogoodbye, Owl City, or Metro Station’s songs, then “butterfly” should get a space in your playlist. As a matter of fact, amassing thousands of streams per month on Spotify is already a milestone in his fast-growing career.
Prince Woods deserves way more appreciation since he continues to solidify his place as an innovator. Essentially, the freshness he offers through his compositions allows you to dive into a unique listening experience.
That being said, “butterfly” is not your typical radio-friendly tune, on the contrary, his singular approach is the reason why great feedback comes naturally.