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darkwave > early 1980s> ethereal wave

ethereal wave (ethereal darkwave, ethereal goth or simply ethereal):

stylistic origins: gothic rock / dark wave / post-punk / new wave
cultural origins: early 1980s, United Kingdom

Ethereal wave (ethereal darkwave, ethereal goth or simply ethereal), is a subgenre of dark wave music and is variously described as “gothic”, “romantic”, and “otherworldly”. Developed in the early 1980s in the UK as an outgrowth of gothic rock, ethereal was mainly represented by 4AD bands such as Cocteau Twins and early guitar-driven Dead Can Dance.

In the second half of the 1980s, the genre continued to develop in the United States and was primarily associated with C’est La Mort Records that featured artists such as Area (later The Moon Seven Times) and Heavenly Bodies – a band formed by ex-members of Dead Can Dance and This Mortal Coil.

Cocteau Twins – Beatrix; LYCIA- Estrella; This Mortal Coil – The Last Ray:

derivative forms: dream pop, shoegazing


early 1980s > Christian alternative rock

christian alternative rock:

stylistic origins: alternative rock / Christian rock / contemporary Christian / Christian punk / post-punk / new wave
cultural origins: early 1980s, United States

Christian alternative rock is a form of alternative rock music that is lyrically grounded in a Christian worldview.

Some critics have suggested that unlike CCM and older Christian rock, Christian alternative rock generally emphasizes musical style over lyrical content as a defining genre characteristic, though the degree to which the faith appears in the music varies from artist to artist.1“Christian Alternative Rock”. En.Wikipedia.Org, 2018, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_alternative_rock. Accessed 23 June 2018.

  • 01. Liquid 00:00
  • 02. Sinking 03:31
  • 03. Love Song For A Savior 07:19
  • 04. Like A Child 12:05
  • 05. Art In Me 16:40
  • 06. He 20:38
  • 07. Boy On A String 25:58
  • 08. Flood 29:30
  • 09. Worlds Apart 33:02
  • 10. Blind 38:20
  • 11. Four Seven 44:18
  • 1. 'Til the Day I Die (0:00)
  • 2. Come on Back to Me (3:25)
  • 3. Wire (7:17)
  • 4. Rockstar (11:49)
  • 5. I Believe (15:00)
  • 6. It's a Shame (18:02)
  • 7. Blind (21:58)
  • 8. I Got a Feeling (26:51)
  • 9. You Are Mine (30:28)
  • 10. Innocent (34:24)
  • 11. Billy Brown (38:48)
  • 12. San Angelo (42:07)
  • 13. I Will Hold My Head High (47:23)
  • 1. Fight Inside 4:08
  • 2. Death of Me 4:17
  • 3. Mystery of You 3:47
  • 4. Start Again 4:27
  • 5. Never Be the Same 3:49
  • 6. Confession (What’s Inside My Head) 2:44
  • 7. Shadows 3:20
  • 8. Ordinary World (Duran Duran cover) 4:58
  • 9. Out From Under 3:59

early 1980s > visual kei

visual kei:

stylistic origins: various (mainly glam rock, heavy metal and punk rock)
cultural origins: early 1980s, Japan

Visual kei (Japanese: ヴィジュアル系 Hepburn: Vijuaru Kei, lit. “Visual Style” or “Visual System”) is a movement among Japanese musicians, that is characterized by the use of varying levels of make-up, elaborate hair styles and flamboyant costumes, often, but not always, coupled with androgynous aesthetics, similar to Western glam rock.

Some Western sources consider that visual kei refers to a music genre, with its sound usually related to glam rock, punk rock and heavy metal. However, second generation visual kei acts play various genres, including those considered by some as unrelated to rock such as electronic, pop, etc. Other sources, including members of the movement themselves, state that it is not a music genre and that the freedom of expression, fashion and participation in the related subculture is what exemplifies the use of the term.

Versailles – MASQUERADE (symphonic power metal, neoclassical metal); Yousei Teikoku – Astral Dogma (gothic metal, darkwave): spiv states – FLAVOR PV (Visual rock):

visual kei subgenres:

soft visual kei (sofubi) 【ソフトヴィジュアル系・ソフビ】,
osare kei (oshare kei) 【オサレ系・お洒落系】,
kote visu kei (kote kei) 【コテヴィジュ系・コテ系】,
tanbi kei 【耽美系】,
koteosa kei 【コテオサ系】,
kobushi kei 【拳系】,
misshitsu kei, chikashitsu kei, angura kei, shouwa kayou kei , shironuri kei, eroguro kei【密室系・地下系・アングラ系・昭和歌謡系・白塗り系・エログロ系】,
nagoya kei, tokyo kei, osaka kei, etc. 【名古屋系・東京系・大阪系】


early 1980s > punk blues

“Punk blues take the structure and simple instrumentation of classic blues songs and mix them with punk’s rawness, distorted guitars, and attitude (which has much in common with the attitude of many blues artists like Hound Dog Taylor and Little Walter). The style has forerunners in the garage rock sound of the mid-’60s, the primal howl of early Captain Beefheart, and especially in the raw and desperate sound of the Gun Club’s landmark Fire of Love LP from 1981, but punk blues really came to life in the early ’90s with bands like the seminal Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, the Gories, and the Gibson Brothers. The sound of punk blues continued into the 2000s with even more visibility thanks to the popularity of the White Stripes.”
-All music

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Burn It Off; I Think I Smell A Rat – The White Stripes (lyrics); The Black Keys “10 A.M. Automatic”:


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