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Synthwave

Kingdom of Night

Kingdom of Night

Diablo meets 1980’s suburbia and a sweet synthwave soundtrack in Kingdom of Night. This retro action RPG has you slaying demons in your neighborhood. Choose from three specializations, each with three classes. Coming to PC, Xbox One, PS4 and Switch.

Scandroid: Thriller

Scandroid: Thriller

Electronic musician Scandroid presents his take on Michael Jackson’s Halloween classic Thriller, applying his synthwave style to the track, along with a great ’80s-look music video, complete with a trio of awesome dancing robots.

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Imperial March Goes Synthwave

Imperial March Goes Synthwave

Synthwave duo Litiowave envisions what John Williams’ Imperial March (aka Darth Vader’s Theme) might have sounded like if it came out in the early 1980s rather than in 1977, giving the track a new neon-lit electronic sound.

PHV: Walpurgisnacht II

PHV: Walpurgisnacht II

Pentagram Home Video’s follow up to their 2017 album conjures visions of helpless characters in a night gone horribly wrong, but a night that they survive nonetheless. The album is split into six tracks, but you should definitely listen to it end-to-end.

PHV: Look into the Darkness

PHV: Look into the Darkness

Pentagram Home Video closes out 2017 with another amazing synthwave release. Look into the Darkness appears to be their most accessible album yet, while still allowing the music to breathe and your mind to wonder about things that go bump in the night.

Stranger Things Cello Medley

Stranger Things Cello Medley

Cellists Nicholas Yee, Adam Caulfield, and Katherine Pernal perform a medley of tunes from the Stranger Things soundtrack, created by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein. While the main theme is the most recognizable, the entire performance is compelling.

Halloween: Reznor + Ross Edition

Halloween: Reznor + Ross Edition

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross recorded a fantastic tribute to John Carpenter’s theme from Halloween, adding their own haunting style, while preserving the synth sound that made it a classic. From the upcoming John Carpenter’s ‘Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998.

Scandroid: The Force Theme

Scandroid: The Force Theme

Scandroid performs an awesome synthwave arrangement of John Williams’ classic Force Theme from the Star Wars saga. While it might not suit the timeless feel of the films, it certainly captures the essence of the era during which they achieved their greatest fame – the 1980s.

PHV: Walpurgisnacht

PHV: Walpurgisnacht

Horror synthwave artist Pentagram Home Video ups the macabre for their latest EP. Named after the German term for April 30, Walpurgisnacht (“witches’ night”) will have you looking over your shoulder for tendrils of steam. Or chokeslams.

Oscilloscope Music

Oscilloscope Music

An album that’s equally important to watch as to listen to. You’ll be quickly transfixed by the imagery which accompany Jerobeam Fenderson’s electronic sounds. The album’s videos were created entirely by feeding signals into a Tektronix 5103N oscilloscope.

Somebody I Used to Know in the ’80s

Somebody I Used to Know in the ’80s

Bring out the¬†hairspray and leather jackets. We’re hitting the club with the latest mix from aural time traveler Tronicbox. It’s Gotye’s Somebody That I Used to Know, a ’90s song that came out in 2011, remixed to sound like it’s from 1984.

The Midnight: Gloria

The Midnight: Gloria

Nathan Barnatt directed and stars in this music video which features not only one of our favorite cars ever, but turned us on to The Midnight, a fantastic LA band that blends ’80s synthwave with modern alt-pop sensibilities. See how Nathan shot the video here.

The Rise of the Synths

The Rise of the Synths

Castell & Moreno Films upcoming crowdfunded documentary looks at the growing popularity of 1980s style Synthwave music, and the musicians, technology and sounds that provide their inspiration. Sizzle/concept reel here.

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