Although much of the synthwave genre is instrumental "movie music" type stuff, much of the best of it, of course, has lyrics, and just sounds like synthpop, except with a very overt retro-80s vibe to it. One of the better of these outfits is Electric Youth, a classic electro duo of the kind made famous by Blancmange, Soft Cell, or given the female vocalist, maybe the better comparison is Yazoo. They're a young couple from Toronto, and sadly, they claim that their name is not cribbed from the Debbie Gibson album of the same name.
Electric Youth makes stuff that is sometimes labeled "dreamwave"—new wave or synthwave with a nostalgic, ethereal quality to it that makes it sound somewhat dream-like, I suppose. To be fair, most of the synthwave stuff that I've liked best comes from this "half" of the genre. This is maybe a bit surprising; I like a lot of hard-style electronic music, and some of the harder synthwave stuff seems like it would be more up my alley than the dreamwave stuff. And yet... I prefer the dreamwave. That may be because it's rarer; I rarely found anyone at all that really sounded like Book of Love, and even in the newer synthpop scene, only Marsheaux really consistently delved into that particular mood. But now I'm finding, of course, that there is much more of it than I knew, although it bears—maybe somewhat arbitrarily—a different genre label.
There's a lot more of this stuff that I'll be exploring in the coming months. I'm still a newcomer to the synthwave scene, but I'm finding lots to love in it.
Electric Youth have put out a number of works, but only one full album (that gathers a lot of their songs from other sources, sometimes.) I could probably post most of it as credible and desirable tracks, but of course, only one can make the cut at a time. Here's "The Best Thing." But I absolutely encourage you to look for more. Electric Youth is one to watch, certainly.