Synthwave music appreciation thread

I'm not sure if I'm getting oddly specific here (I know we have an electronic music thread), but hey, I personally don't enjoy much electronic music but love this stuff. Maybe it's the nostalgia, maybe it's the somewhat nerdy (occasionally dark) themes -- low life, high tech cyberpunk, neon cities etc. It can range from high-tempo, hard hitting synths to really lo-fi mellow soundscapes.

Here are a few songs to kick us off:

You may recognize this artist from Hotline Miami's soundtrack

(His latest album is incredible, this is a bit older but has a neat videoclip)

Hooooly crap, Dan Terminus' latest album is HUGE. Fast, relentless, and each track really evolves as it hurtles along.

Coming off the back of Stranger Things, there's a bit of a resurgence of "retro cool", and I'm glad, because it means more rad music like this. This last track is by the group who created the Stranger Things soundtrack, and they're pretty great!

Any other fans around these parts?

I love this style of music. In particular, I'm a big fan of Shirobon and Gunship:

(Fun Fact: the monologue at the beginning of the last video was recorded for the song by John Carpenter. Yes, THAT John Carpenter)

EDIT: I forgot one of my favorite Shirobon tracks!

I've already posted a bunch of synthwave in the electronic music thread, but I can post more here

FYI, a lot of the songs listed can likely be labeled as 'outrun' as well, so in searching for similar music maybe use that subgenre tag.

But, I'm a bit of a synthwave/outrun fan when I'm playing a game that's rhythmic in nature (think Binding of Isaac) or to something that doesn't require a whole lot of thinking and it's just 'doing' (league of legends). I'm usually more of a hip-hop/indie rock fan when it comes to 'active' listening, but synthwave definitely has it's place in my library.

My first experience in the genre came from the movie Drive with tracks such as Nightcall and A Real Hero. From there I found out about Com Truise, Tycho, etc.

Some of my favorite albums are:
The Drive soundtrack
Com Truise - Galactic Melt
Lazerhawk - Redline
Kavinsky - Outrun (this is the starting point of the subgenre 'Outrun' and is stylized after Outrun the video game)
Miami Nights 1984 - Turbulence
Mitch murder - Current events
Timecop1983 - Journeys
Hotline Miami game soundtracks
Blade Runner movie soundtracks

Kasson Crooker has some good stuff in his Symbion Project releases. This one is called "Matter". His style changes through the albums, so you might want to check his songs on bandcamp or youtube before buying. He was the original synth genius for Freezepop.

I've been listening to A LOT of this stuff lately. It's really great, and really takes me back. I think it was the opener for Stranger Things season 1 that reminded me how much I love this music.

Mitch Murder is another big name in the genre. Let's see what's in my synthwave folder that hasn't been listed yet.

Dance with the Dead
ALEX
FAZZIO
Isidor
Lazerhawk
Magnatron
Mitch Murder
Night Runner
Payback
Zombie Hyperwave

I've been listening to this genre for a good 5 years now and I have built up a pretty decent sized Spotify playlist if you would like to follow. I update it about once a month. Waveshaper has come out on top as the best Synthwave artist for me. Mitch Murder has been recycling the same ton for too long. Waveshaper also has the best album covers.

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I also like the Synthwave label better than the NEw Retro Wave and Outrun label. I made a tweet a long time ago about coming to a conscientious about it and it blew up lol

Woops

The Devilman Crybaby soundtrack has been my latest favorite thing in this genre. Favorite track:

Whole soundtrack:

Tempest wrote:

I've been listening to this genre for a good 5 years now and I have built up a pretty decent sized Spotify playlist if you would like to follow. I update it about once a month. Waveshaper has come out on top as the best Synthwave artist for me. Mitch Murder has been recycling the same ton for too long. Waveshaper also has the best album covers.

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I also like the Synthwave label better than the NEw Retro Wave and Outrun label. I made a tweet a long time ago about coming to a conscientious about it and it blew up lol

Awesome. Thanks for the spotify link.

I've been using this one : https://open.spotify.com/user/davids...

might be interesting for you to cross reference stuff you like or may have missed.

I've been really into the New Retrowave stuff for the last few years. I'll throw out a few more of my favorites that haven't be posted yet.

Carpenter Brut - Le Perv (very NSFW video)

Carpenter Brut - Maniac (Also NSFW)

Perturbator - Sentient (Great pixel art video, a little NSFW too)

I love the album 195 by OGRE

Also kind of jokingly but kind of not, if you're reading this thread you really ought to watch this:

Not sure if Carpenter fits here or not.. but I do enjoy his albums

A synthpop version of a modern electronic track.

I'm really enjoying the latest by Occams Laser: Occult 88, "Sinister Minister" in particular.

The latest by Master Boot Record is also rad. It's pretty hard to go wrong with any of the synth offerings from Blood Music.

@A_Unicycle: hi-five on Dan Terminus. I've been a fan since Wrath of Code.

Other reccos that haven't been mentioned yet:

Sigils by Vulta (track: Part-time Dancer, Part-time Fighter, into Through the Portal)

Labyrinth by Monomer (track: Arcana Engine)

Invaders by Hollywood Burns (track: Girls with Guns)

Damn, those are all on point! Really enjoyed the bits and pieces I listened to, and am excited to give each album a full listen later today. Thanks for sharing!

Update: Virus.DOS is INTENSE.

Update update: Strings and synthwave? Hollywood Burns sounds so fresh, I love it! The hokey space synth they use is a lot of fun.

The new single Messiah by Neoslave is rubbing me the right way.

At first listen I though it was much cheesy but it's quickly grown on me.

TheGameguru wrote:

Not sure if Carpenter fits here or not.. but I do enjoy his albums

His version of the Halloween theme for the latest film has some synthwave in it and it's fantastic.

I've gotten deep into Synthwave as background music for when I'm writing/running my Shadowrun game, so I have a few quick recommendations.

1.) The Makeup and Vanity Set, who also did the soundtrack for Brigador. Take your pick, it's all great:

2.) Zayaz is doing some pretty cool stuff too.

3.) FM-84

Outside of that though, what I find easiest to get turned on to new things are the network of great channels on YouTube that will aggregate stuff and make 40+ minute mixes out of it, with annotations so you know what song is by who. Astral Throb, ThePrimeThanatos, Asthenic and Odysseus are all channels I check on the regular.

On another note, there's genuinely an entire paper to be written about the rise of synthwave and its embrace by DJs and listeners who were born well after the 80's ended, and what it says about our present and future that we're so fixed on the 80's as a "better time".

The music kicks butt though.

I'm glad this thread is still being used! Loving what's been posted so far. I found this little gem after snooping around the related links in one of the above videos. It's been my go-to music for relaxation and study.

I love how this genre has evolved over the past 6 years. I love how it now has it's own subsets from Chillwave, darksynth, and even synthwave with lyrics like The Midnight, FM-84 and Gunship. I listen daily and still find something new.

Like him or not but Dr.Disrespect has really bolstered the Synthwave genre in the past two years. Many artists like Neon Nox, Dancing with the Dead, the Midnight, Pylot and Waveshaper have all publily said that his streams and Youtube videos have directly boosted exposure and sales.

Here is a Spotify Playlist of a bunch of songs that end up on his Stream and videos. It's always being updated. There is no chillwave on the playlist but it's awesome for getting work done and working out.

What's better than Perturbator? More Perturbator.

B​-​Sides and Remixes, Vol. I

“B-sides and Remixes, Vol. I” is the first part in a two-hour, double volume retrospective, featuring nearly all of Perturbator's rare early work.... Volume I of the collection features nearly all of the remixes Perturbator created of other artists' works in the early days of synthwave.... Most of this material has never seen the light of day on vinyl, CD, nor even via iTunes, Spotify, or YouTube until now.

Thanks for the link, I had no idea about that release. It's not exactly what I expected, but I really enjoyed listening to a different sort of Perturbator. Great stuff, even if it's not as polished or hard-hitting as his latest.

Tagged!

Synthwave is my go to genre musically. It helps balance many moods. Good to find a thread!

I love Synthwave, so much. Here are some oddballs though, because I figure you all know the big names in synthway anyway.

I have always been a metalhead, but I discovered Gunship about a month ago and love it. I'll have to start checking out some of the others listed in this thread.

Synthwave on my heavy rotation. Been great for workouts.

Although I hate the NewRetro Wave name, sub to their channel for daily Synth updates

maverickz wrote:

I love Synthwave, so much. Here are some oddballs though, because I figure you all know the big names in synthway anyway.

Thanks for posting Retouch. I love it! I never heard of him before which is crazy since I breathe Synthwave at this point. LOL

MattDaddy wrote:

I have always been a metalhead, but I discovered Gunship about a month ago and love it. I'll have to start checking out some of the others listed in this thread.

I think a lot of Carpenter Brut's catalog would appeal to metalheads.

Tempest wrote:
maverickz wrote:

I love Synthwave, so much. Here are some oddballs though, because I figure you all know the big names in synthway anyway.

Thanks for posting Retouch. I love it! I never heard of him before which is crazy since I breathe Synthwave at this point. LOL

Yeah, he's great. There's a ridiculous amount of good synthwave coming out of Russia.

maverickz wrote:

GosT

Hi five!

I've asked for Bandcamp gift cards for Christmas so I can pick up more of his albums.

EriktheRed wrote:
MattDaddy wrote:

I have always been a metalhead, but I discovered Gunship about a month ago and love it. I'll have to start checking out some of the others listed in this thread.

I think a lot of Carpenter Brut's catalog would appeal to metalheads.

Seconded, as well as the aforementioned GosT.

But I think the metal/synth medal goes to Master Boot Record. This teaser for Virus.DOS tells the sternum-rattling tale.

I bought the latest Gunship album to have in the car for driving music. It sure scratches that itch for when you are in the mood!

Some really good stuff here! Was quite surprised (and also not surprised) to see some of my favorites already listed, like Turbo Killer and Humans Are Such Easy Prey. I'll throw in a couple if you all do not mind:

Of the ones above, I think Atrey's "Garden of Sinners" stands out. Such a killer track.