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Synthpop is actual a short for synthesizer pop, also called techno-pop.
It’s also a subgenre of New Wave music. I must admit although I know a lot of music, this was completely different for me.
It intrigued me partly because of the style of music and singing.
One of the first bands I discovered was Muse. In many of their songs you hear indeed the real synthesizer pop, with a tendency towards techno but also rock, I think it’s one of the best bands I’ve ever heard, it’s otherwise so melodic with different styles hidden in music and singing.
became prominent in the late 1970s and features the synthesizer as the dominant musical instrument. It was prefigured in the 1960s and early 1970s by the use of synthesizers in progressive rock, electronic, art rock, disco, and particularly the Krautrock of bands like Kraftwerk. It arose as a distinct genre in Japan and the United Kingdom in the post-punk era as part of the new wave movement of the late 1970s to the mid-1980s.
Electronic musical synthesizers that could be used practically in a recording studio became available in the mid-1960s, and the mid-1970s saw the rise of electronic art musicians. After the breakthrough of Gary Numan in the UK Singles Chart in 1979, large numbers of artists began to enjoy success with a synthesizer-based sound in the early 1980s. In Japan, Yellow Magic Orchestra introduced the TR-808 rhythm machine to popular music, and the band would be a major influence on early British synth-pop acts. The development of inexpensive polyphonic synthesizers, the definition of MIDI, and the use of dance beats led to a more commercial and accessible sound for synth-pop. his, its adoption by the style-conscious acts from the New Romantic movement, together with the rise of MTV, led to success for large numbers of British synth-pop acts in the US during the Second British Invasion.
This created a completely new style. “Synth-pop” is sometimes used interchangeably with “electropop”, but “electropop” may also denote a variant of synth-pop that places more emphasis on a harder, more electronic sound. In the mid to late 1980s, duos such as Erasure and Pet Shop Boys adopted a style that was highly successful on the US dance charts, but by the end of the decade, the ‘new wave’ synth-pop of bands such as A-ha and Alphaville was giving way to house music and techno. Interest in new wave synth-pop began to revive in the indietronica and electroclash movements in the late 1990s, and in the 2000s synth-pop enjoyed a widespread revival and commercial success. I recently discovered this style of music and I notice that people in dance clubs really like it and let themselves go completely. It is a great experience to discover this style of music. In a word crazy.
Examples of two songs that fall under this music style are:
Muse-Supremacy and Megadeth but it’s S Y N T H W A V E – A Tout Le Monde (by LAGRANGE POINT)
Link to the songs
Written by: Lynn Matthieu
The Power of Love Celine Dion
Wonderful Tonight Eric Clapton
How I Love You Engelbert Humperdinck