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new wave > late 1970s > darkwave

dark wave or darkwave:
stylistic origins: new wave / post-punk
cultural origins: late 1970s to early 1980s in Europe (most notably United Kingdom, Germany, France and Italy) and Australia

Darkwave is a music genre that emerged from the new wave and post-punk movement of the late 1970s.

Dark wave compositions are largely based on minor key tonality and introspective lyrics, and have been perceived as being dark, romantic, and bleak, with an undertone of sorrow.

Common features include the use of chordophones such as electric and acoustic guitar, violin, and piano, as well as electronic instruments such as synthesizer, sampler, and drum machine.

Depeche Mode – It’s No Good; Ash Code – Dry Your Eyes; Wolfsheim – The Sparrows And The Nightingales:

dark wave subgenres: cabaret noir, coldwave, ethereal wave, neoclassical darkwave, neofolk, Neue Deutsche Todeskunst


darkwave > late 1970s > cold wave

cold wave:

stylistic origins: post-punk / new wave
cultural origins: late-1970s, France

Coldwave is originated in Europe in the late 1970s, known for its generally dark, cold atmosphere and heavy reliance on synthesizers. It was popular predominantly in France and Poland in the 1980s and consisted largely of bands that were heavily influenced by British post-punk acts such as Joy Division, The Cure, Bauhaus and Siouxsie and The Banshees.

Some of the more notable French examples of this style are Asylum Party, KaS Product, Martin Dupont and Trisomie 21. Polish examples are Variété, Bruno Wątpliwy, Siekiera and Made in Poland.

KaS Product – Tina TownMartin Dupont – Inside OutPhantom Forth – I Don’t Know You:

post-punk > late 1970s > gothic rock

gothic rock (goth rock or simply goth):

stylistic origins: post-punk
cultural origins: late 1970s, United Kingdom and Germany

Gothic rock (alternately called goth-rock or goth) is a style of rock music that emerged from post-punk in the late 1970s. The first post-punk bands which shifted towards dark music with gothic overtones include Siouxsie and the Banshees, Joy Division, Bauhaus and the Cure.

Bauhaus – Bela Lugosi’s Dead; The Cure – Lovesong; Sisters of Mercy – Temple of Love:

The genre itself was defined as a separate movement from post-punk due to its darker music accompanied by introspective and romantic lyrics. Gothic rock then gave rise to a broader subculture that included clubs, fashion and publications in the 1980s.

subgenres: deathrock

derivative forms: ethereal wave, horror punk

fusion genres: gothabilly, gothic metal


post-punk > 1970s > noise rock

Noise rock (sometimes called noise punk):

stylistic origins: experimental rock / punk rock / noise / no wave / minimal / industrial / New York hardcore
cultural origins: 1968–1980s

Noise rock is a diverse style of experimental rock employing noise music elements, which spun off from punk rock in the 1980s.

Drawing on movements such as no wave, minimalism, industrial music, and New York hardcore, artists indulge in extreme levels of distortion through the use of electric guitars, and less frequently, electronic instrumentation, either to provide percussive sounds or to contribute to the overall arrangement.

The velvet underground white light white heat live 1968; Sonic Youth – 100%; Melt-Banana: “Shield For Your Eyes…”;

derivative forms: grindcore, grunge, post-hardcore, sludge metal


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