In recent years, pop culture has seemingly become obsessed with the 1980s, with everything from film and television to fashion trends nodding to the era. The retro wave may have hit the hardest when it comes to music though, as modern acts like The 1975 and MGMT pull their inspiration directly from the decade.
The ’80s — the decade of the synthesizer. This electronic instrument is perhaps the defining trait of the era’s music. Thanks to the introduction of one Yamaha DX7 in 1983, the sound of synth would spread quickly, creating an iconic style that subsequent musicians would continue to replicate. Now, over 30 years later, synth-pop has made a full-fledged comeback.
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In a similar fashion, Pale Waves have made the darker side of ’80s synth-pop their own personal brand. It should be no surprise that Matty Healy had a hand in producing their debut since the band is essentially The 1975’s goth cousin.
Tame Impala is also no stranger to synths, with Kevin Parker
Recreating ’80s music: unoriginal or innovative?
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There was a time when ’80s pop was generally thought to be tacky. In retrospect, it was an era of music that would become ubiquitous. From Tame Impala to Carly Rae Jepsen, as we reach into the past, we are revisiting what made the ’80s so fun.