I’m really fucking loving the resurgence of cool 80’s vibe these days. DREAMCAR just released their debut album and it is igniting all of the retro vibrations in my heart. This album, combined with my newest obsession, the comic book Deadly Class, is just putting me in this ridiculous awesome 80’s mindset. All I need now is a pile of milky white cocaine.

If you aren’t aware, DREAMCAR is a supergroup formed of the musicians from No Doubt and Davey Havok, the lead singer of AFI and Blaqk Audio. This album might fit his Oingo Boingo-esque vocals more than any of his other bands. It’s just great dark synthy dance rock.

Bear’s Den

I recently discovered this band out of the UK, although they’ve been around for a few years now. Their first record is a bit more in the same vein as Mumford & Sons or maybe even a little Of Monsters & Men, but their second record that came out at some point in 2016 drops the banjo for a synth, gaining a very cool 80’s vibe.

Lots of echoing guitar and echoing vocals. Slow grooving songs about love. It’s been soundtracking my writing a lot these days, reminding me of what it must have been like to sad dance around your living room back in 1984 with feathered hair and sweet, pleated pants. Something about the music is heartbreaking. A reminder of old love scorn that has been tormenting in the background for years, suddenly brought back to life. But at the same time, it’s modern and happy and straight out of Stranger Things. A gentle reminder that the past will always be there, but the future is yet to come.