Synth pop and synth rock, I've come to find, have a great ability to have melancholy and black atmospheres. Sadly, from what I've heard, most bands don't approach that area, instead focusing on upbeat pop. That's why I have to give majors kudos to Tears for Fears, who released an entire album of bleak songs in their debut, 1983's The Hurting. Perhaps the most well known track is "Mad World" -
All around me are familiar faces
Worn out places, worn out faces
Bright and early for their daily races
Going nowhere, going nowhere
(Not sure what the hell is going on two and a half minutes into this)
The group had other songs, too (duh), including "Change"...
(Again with the weird dancing)
(Even in concert, there's the crazy arm movements)
...and "Watch Me Bleed."
(This is an early show, so they hadn't quite mastered the spastic dancing yet)
I'm always looking for good synth music, and I know some of you know more about that music than I do, so hook me up.