Please note that this page exists for the purposes of documentation, not promotion. Due to the controversial actions of many Communist regimes throughout the world and in history, we at the Aesthetics Wiki do not condone throwing people in gulags or any of the various human rights atrocities that these regimes have committed on their own people, but it is important to acknowledge the importance that Communism has had on world history and its impact on modern culture. Viewer discretion is advised. Laborwave (also known as Labourwave or Antifawave) is a derivative of Vaporwave that is less subtle about its critiques of capitalism and take advantage of this aspect of Vaporwave to promote a communist or socialist agenda (or any sort of post-capitalist socioeconomic theory). Laborwave creators (much like Fashwave creators) often confuse Synthwave aesthetics and Vaporwave aesthetics, which generally makes both of them look like posers who, rather than ask about what the actual differences between the two are, just assume "Ehh, good enough" and roll with it. Various socialist tendencies depict opposing ideologies and leaders in Laborwave, with the dominant ideology in the community being Marxism-Leninism. It is less prevalent in the libertarian socialist and anarchist communities.
When it comes to Laborwave visuals, there tend to be different variations of Laborwave; some have a focus on popular Communist figures like Karl Marx (who many consider to be the Father of Communism), Vladimir Lenin, Chairman Mao, Fidel Castro, Kim Jong Un, and Joseph Stalin. Some also pick the particular aesthetics often associated with a Marxist-Leninist country (Soviet Union and Communist China lend themselves particularly well to Laborwave's aesthetics), and some will focus on modern-day communist activism (Antifa and Nazi-Punching).
There are also other smaller online communities, such as internet anarchists who embrace syndicalist aesthetics, and communists who depict thought leaders such as Bordiga.
Laborwave fashion may take some style cues from Vaporwave, but since so little actual Laborwave fashion exists, Laborwave fashion borrows heavily from Communist Chic, based in famous communist iconography. Expect a lot of Laborwavers to wear shirts with Che Guevara, the hammer-and-sickle, and other examples of communist iconography, but outside of that, they're generally not the type to indulge in fashion whatsoever.
Much like Fashwave with the music of Synthwave, Laborwave music definitely leans into the Vaporwave area, as it tends to be just a slowed-down version of popular music from the Soviet Union and Communist China that somehow manages to make the instruments sound like popular vaporwave staples. However, unlike Vaporwave (which will often take samples from these songs and will create brand new works based off of those samples), Laborwave isn't really transformative with its music (which, much like Fashwave, makes it seem incredibly lazy and like the music is just an afterthought to the ideology). However, unlike the relationship between Synthwave and Fashwave, which can get openly hostile at times, there doesn't seem to be any sort of ill will between people in the Vaporwave and Laborwave communities aside from Vaporwave people criticizing Laborwave for abusing a lot of the Vaporwave staples and misusing a lot of the elements to create garbage like this particular album, which keeps messing with the volume sliding up and down to the point to where you can barely enjoy the album at all.