New Wave (1977-1989)

New wave is a genre that appeared in the late 1970s, influenced by Punk Rock and Electronic music. It's characterized by agitated and busy guitar melodies alongside jerky rhythm guitars, an heavy reliance on synthesizers, "stop-and-go" composition structures, and a typical use of intricated percussive sections, sometimes with the help of drum machines. This intricated beat is an important feature of new wave, beat-oriented music like Afrobeat and Disco also had a big influence on the movement. Power Pop is also associated with the shaping of the new wave constellation, (e.g. through the Mod Revival sensibility) and participated of the separation from the punk roots, a detachment which became clearer with the 1980s synth-lead acts represented by a new wave sub-genre called New Romantic. The punk rock influence of new wave make it a close cousin of Post-Punk, the two genres evolving from punk rock at about the same time. However, the Pop leanings of new wave, in particular toward Pop Rock and Synthpop, makes the genre distinct from the experimental, abrasive, angular angriness of post-punk. Overall, besides post-punk, new wave is also ethically, historically and aesthetically close to a lot of subgenres from related subcultures in the 1980s, such as punk rock, power pop, synth pop, 2 Tone, Alternative Dance, etc.

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