Ahoy! It’s been awhile since we last blasted your ear canals with our Nerdy Tunes Thursday pick, so here we are!
Ever since I saw the movie Drive, one of the things that stuck with me (besides the plot & characters) was the soundtrack. It sounded like old and new at the same time. I downloaded the soundtrack and its some of the best music to have on your playlist when doing some night driving with the windows down and the road ahead. This style of music is called retro wave (also known as Synthwave or Outrun). It started in the mid-2000’s ,influenced by soundtracks from the 80’s. The primary instruments are synthesizers and drum machines. If you played Hotline Miami or Far Cry 3:Blood Dragon you’ll have a good idea of what it sounds like. The birth of Retro wave can be traced back to 2005, when french electronic musician David Grellier (aka College) released an EP titled Teenage Color, which shared a lot of characteristics of retro wave music of today. The release of Drive served as a catalyst that produced several artists to the forefront that were influenced by it. Kavinsky is another early artist that has some of his tracks featured in the Drive soundtrack. Below are a few tracks to get you started, and if you want to search for more, visit the r/newretrowave subreddit: