I admit that I was a big fan of New Wave and Italo Disco centuries ago when it was big here in Europe. Recent releases from especially Australian bands sound very similar to the stuff, that was released back then. I name it “Australian retro” but I would bet there is already another label out for it. If you liked Italo Disco too you should for instance have a listen to Cut Copy from Melbourne. You’ll find all the old vocoder/synthesizer sounds that were used way back then when Italo Disco was big.
A short while ago I read an interesting question at the Anjunabeats Forum: Will Trance ever be “in” too, be the hip music style and will it have more commercial success? My answer is a definite “No”
While dance music always was big, it seems to me that we are in a retro wave again. Madonna’s current single for instance seems to be a successful try to turn back the wheels of time since it comes in a 70/80′s disco style and one can only imagine how many artists will now jump on that train and produce similar stuff too.
Beside that most of the trance tracks that are around are instrumental – no singing – and instrumental tracks always had it difficult to be sold to a wider audience. Of course there were some exceptions to the rule – for instance Chicane or Paul van Dyk – but the vast majority of trance tracks didn’t make it into the charts. Even very melodious vocal trance tracks had only small success before.
So, as much as I wish that Trance would become more popular the chances for that aren’t big. Which has its positive aspects too.