Dark wave is a unique and exceptional music genre that began to appear in the late 1970s in the German music circle. This genre of music rose on the popularity of post-punk and new wave. Dark wave is usually dark and has introspective lyrics with an undertone of sorrow. Dark wave bands and their fans have grown in number and known as wavers and the scene took off in the 1980s. This type of music started to gain impedance in Europe and slowly started to get bigger over that decade. This brooding genre of music remains as pertinent as ever.
During the early 90s, the synth pop and dream pop genres began to mix with Goth rock genre, which gave birth to a hybrid style of music known as Dark Wave. This music type was way more solemn and ethereal than the traditional Goth rock music. Dark Wave music was originally marked by bands like Psyche and Clan of Xymox. However, with the new generation of artists like the Dead Can Dance, Die Form, Lycia renewed the movement and the sound that was produced was more ambient and avant-garde. The late 90s also saw an immense rise in the Dark Wave genre owing to the success of Black Tape for a Blue Girl. While labels Unto Ashes, Love Spirals Downwards and Voltaire helped the Dark Wave style to move forward to the 21st century.
Dark wave was a fairly new term that would refer to a particular branch of gothic music. It was moody, emotional, introspective and artistic. Dark Wave was also originally used to elect a dark electronic sound and encompassed dark ambient and ethereal music. It the late 1990s and the beginning of 2000s saw many artists in the Dark Wave genre display electronic dance as well as down tempo music. There were acts like the Collide, Deleyaman, Love Spirals Downwards and Switchblade Symphony that swiftly combined drum & bass rhythms with trip hop. Whereas bands like Abney Park, which initially began as a dark wave Goth rock band fused with worldbeat elements and descended to a more striking and archaic sound, sustaining their Steampunk background. On the other hand artists like Bella Morte whose early dark wave output was more similar to electro pop, combined deathrock and heavy metal elements to create unique Dark wave music and artists like Faith & the Muse fused dark wave with shoegazing.
Dark wave, which is an exceptional genre of music never, lost its momentum even while stepping into the new decade. Throughout the late 2000s Dark Wave was loosely associated with dark themed electronic rock music. Recent Dark Wave music includes artists like Cold Cave and TR/ST, who effectively combine electronic music with dark themes and aesthetics. Whereas, groups like Seeming represents and is a continuation of earlier Dark Wave music trends. Furthermore, the new decade also saw the rise of a post-punk infused Dark Wave sound by artists like Drab Majesty and Light Asylum who promises to show the world that there is more to the Dark Wave music than what meet the ears.