Same Style, New Artists

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According to Simon Reynolds, author of “Retromania: Pop Culture’s Addiction to Its Own Past,” “we live in a pop age long gone loco for retro and crazy for commemoration.” Music withstands the test of time and the revival of older styles allow listeners to indulge in nostalgia with modern twists. (Graphic/Zoe Persaud)

Music tends to reflect the style of that particular era, with 60s classic rock transforming into 70s and 80s discos and so on throughout the decades. Recently, however, artists broke the bounds of time and brought back old styles in new music. 

Artists such as The Weeknd and Bruno Mars brought back the 80s in full force, providing the synth-pop style that made the 80s accessible to a whole new generation of listeners. Mars’ album “24K Magic” and the corresponding music videos incorporated 80s fashion and culture, such as the bright colors and messy costumes in the “Finesse” music video as a nod to the impact of the era. The first song released from “After Hours,” The Weeknd’s most recent album, “Blinding Lights” showcases 80s elements similar to a-ha’s famous “Take On Me.” 

Harry Styles’ albums “Harry Styles” and “Fine Line” also rocks out with classic 60s elements, especially in songs such as “Sign of the Times.” Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco also credits 60s legend Frank Sinatra as inspiration for his fifth studio album “Death of a Bachelor.” 

The revitalization of older styles by popular artists pays homage to the creativity of the past, leaving listeners with a song to appreciate and a moment in time to remember. 

As Copy Editor and News Editor of the Patriot Post, junior Zoe Persaud spends most of her time staring at a computer and rewriting sentences. She serves as Junior Class Director of Key Club and actively participates in English Honor Society, TASSEL and National Honor Society. Outside of school, she volunteers at her local library and tries to sleep for as long as she can.

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