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Gen X Soft Club was a popular aesthetic in the Late-1990s and Early-2000s, branching from the popular Y2K Futurism movement of the time. It is considered a more natural and "down-to-earth" look at futurist optimism of the time. It's characterized by urban typography, a use of plants/nature, underground metros/train stations, airports, city skylines, and a heavy use of minimalism/cool color schemes.

Origins[]

GXSC's popularity was a movement in futurist aesthetics that spawned from the economic recovery and growing technology industry of the mid-late 1990s. Some had criticisms about the overly-optimistic, "bubblegum" styles of Y2K Futurism and McBling. A notable shift in the visual mood of these styles happened during the turn of the millennium, mainly among Gen Xers and older Millennials.

GXSC uses a mix of contemporary urban minimalism and lifestyle with Futuristic Y2K elements, along with the heavy use of Lomo effect (an analog cross-processing method creating saturated, high-contrast, "soft" looking photos), bleach bypass and blur technics in photography, and natural and muted colors - especially greens, blues, beiges, tans, greys, and black. There are also elements of 1960s and 1970s nostalgia, which were most common with Generation X.

Comeback[]

Today, the aesthetic is making a comeback as styles like Y2K Futurism and Frutiger Aero returning to the public eye in the 2020s. Artists like George Clanton, CFCF and Doss overlap a lot with GXSC, and push forward with the style to this day.

Visuals[]

GXSC uses a mix of contemporary urban minimalism and lifestyle with Y2K Futurism elements, along with the heavy use of Lomo effect (an analog cross-processing method creating saturated, high-contrast, "soft"-looking photos), bleach bypass, and blur technics in photography, and natural and muted colors - especially greens, blues, beiges, tans, greys, and blacks. There are also elements of 1960s and 1970s nostalgia, which were most common with Generation X.

Fashion[]

Following trends with the rest of the visual identity of the aesthetic, the fashion of GXSC is inspired by Y2K Futurism's fashion with a much more muted, softer appearance. Some fashion trends include nude lipstick, middle parts or natural textured hair, natural leathers, knee high boots, duster jackets, and other alternative/grunge streetwear styles.

Media[]

Movies[]

  • Chungking Express (1994)
  • Fallen Angels (1995)
  • Trainspotting (1996)
  • Gattaca (1997)
  • Happy Together (1997)
  • Nowhere (1997)
  • Sliding Doors (1998)
  • Wonderland (1999)
  • The Beach (2000)
  • Code Unknown (2000)
  • Requiem for a Dream (2000)
  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
  • Millennium Mambo (2001)
  • Vanilla Sky (2001)
  • L.I.E. (2001)
  • One Hour Photo (2002)
  • Resident Evil (2002)

TV Shows[]

  • MTV Chill Out Zone (90s)
  • MI-5 (2002)

Anime[]

  • FLCL
  • Eden of the East
  • Serial Experiments Lain

Webfiction[]

  • Orion's Arm (2000-)

Games[]

  • Racing Lagoon (1999)
  • Roommania #203 (2000)
  • Assassin's Creed (2007)
  • Portal series (2007-2011)
  • Mirror's Edge (2008)
  • Grand Theft Auto III (2001)

Music[]

Gen X Soft Club, while being mostly a visual aesthetic, is highly associated with music. Many examples of the aesthetic come from album covers and music videos. While Gen X Soft Club is commonly associated with Downtempo and its Trip Hop subgenre, other Electronic and Rock genres can be included in the aesthetic. Here are some examples:

Acid Jazz[]

  • Jamiroquai
  • Koop

Breakbeat[]

  • The Chemical Brothers
  • Cornelius
  • Fatboy Slim
  • The Prodigy

Downtempo/Trip-Hop[]

  • Air
  • Sophie Barker
  • Björk
  • CFCF
  • Dan the Automator
  • DJ Shadow
  • DNA
  • Everything But the Girl
  • Goldfrapp
  • I Monster
  • Lovage
  • Madonna
  • Martina Topley-Bird
  • Massive Attack
  • Moby
  • Mono
  • Morcheeba
  • Nightmares On Wax
  • Portishead
  • Public Memory
  • Röyksopp
  • Thievery Corporation
  • Tricky
  • Sneaker Pimps
  • Unkle
  • Hikaru Utada
  • Charles Webster
  • Zero 7

Hip Hop[]

  • DJ Cam
  • Handsome Boy Modeling School

House[]

  • Basement Jaxx
  • Crystal Waters
  • Groove Armada
  • Leftfield
  • Moloko

IDM[]

  • Aphex Twin
  • Architect
  • Autechre
  • Boards of Canada
  • Kate Gately
  • Mike Paradinas (μ-Ziq)
  • Plaid
  • Squarepusher

Pop[]

  • Fiona Apple
  • Mr Twin Sister

Rock/Alternative[]

  • Barry Adamson
  • American Football
  • Blur
  • Bush
  • Garbage
  • Nine Days
  • PJ Harvey
  • Radiohead
  • Savage Garden
  • Spiritualized
  • Stereo MC's
  • U2
  • White Town

Trance[]

  • BT
  • DJ Sammy
  • Ratty
  • Underworld

Music videos[]

Resources[]

External links to help get a better understanding of this aesthetic.

Communities[]

Playlists[]

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