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MI­NOR TRAGEDIES

Though there are ex­cep­tions (es­pe­cially from goth’s pop­pier out­fits), dark­wave mu­sic is pre­dom­i­nantly con­cerned with melan­cholic sub­jects such as mor­tal­ity, iso­la­tion, and loss. As such, mi­nor keys are the or­der of the day (or, erm, night). Mys­tery and at­mos­phere are all-im­por­tant, so don’t scrimp on the spooky (but never ob­vi­ous) sound ef­fects. Con­trary to pop­u­lar mis­con­cep­tion, goths were rarely goofy or dumb. These were – and are – lit­er­ate bands with a strong sense of style and taste (think Ca­mus rather than camp and Mur­nau rather than The Mun­sters).

RE­STRAINT

You’d be for­given for as­sum­ing that gothic and dark­wave mu­si­cians were/are mu­si­cal at­ten­tion­seek­ers. Quite the con­trary. This mu­sic evolved from punk and new wave, with their phi­los­o­phy of less-is­more. Metal or prog-style so­los would be un­ac­cept­able. Emo­tion not ego rules the [dark] waves.

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