Biker runs through the Tokyo highway riding a Harley-Davidson
Synthwave outrun biker
- Last Breyt motorcycles
Cyberpunk and darkwave represent the dark side of the synthwave genre, and just like the sinister stuff, the sunny side of synthwave has its own sonic and visual signatures.
Highways lining the ocean, palm trees just off the road, the tall buildings of the city in the background, standing in the way of colorful sunsets. An airliner passing above you, just taken off to bring the passengers to spend their holidays in an exotic destination. These are some of the main elements that characterize the summer synthwave visuals, leveraging the collective imagination that determined them.
The twinkling atmosphere, enhanced by warm and effervescent analog sounds, evokes images of golden years sunsets, like retro movie. The thrill of driving on the highway, flanked by breathtaking landscapes, to reach your exciting destination. Music and visual that makes you wanna seek adventure, have great time, and fall in love over your summer vacation.
In synthwave music the visual element is key. The cover art of the summer one should contain pastel colors, maybe a boat or an airplane, and probably some palm trees. Here the goal is not just to generate the dream, but to convey optimism. Nostalgia is a huge factor in synthwave, and this kind of traces and images make us want to live or... relive the summer.
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Main elements related to this visual:
- Artwork by Last Breyt 1987
- Original biker on motorcycle: shot by Toshiyuki
- Biker: Marin
- Original Tokyo city landscape: shot by Nicolas Wauters