What is Retrowave?

Retrowave (also called outrun, synthwave, or futuresynth) is an electronic music microgenre that is based mostly on the music associated with action, science-fiction, and horror film soundtracks of the 1980s. Other influences can be drawn from the art and video games of that decade. Synthwave often espouses nostalgia for 1980s culture and attempts to capture, celebrate and revel in the era's atmosphere.The genre developed in the mid-to late 2000s through French house producers, as well as younger artists. Other points of reference include John Carpenter, Jean-Michel Jarre, Vangelis (most notebly his score for the 1982 film Blade Runner), and Tangerine Dream. Synthwave reached wider popularity after being featured in the soundtracks of the 2011 film Drive (which includes some of the genre's best-known songs) and the 2010s Netflix series Stranger Things.