It’s called Simpsonwave, apparently. But is it real or just a big Internet joke? The Verge investigates.
Know Your Meme has, of course, a pretty great breakdown of what Simpsonwave is and where it came from, but the gist is this: over this past winter, internet users started editing clips from The Simpsons into trippy “vaporwave” music videos, combining the melted, nostalgic sound of chillwave with the visual aesthetic of a cyberpunk’s neon nightmares. (I know, that’s a lot. You can go right back to Know Your Meme if you want to learn moreabout vaporwave, too.)
Simpsonwave does all of the things that [Verge entertainment editor] Jamieson described. Vaporwave music is mostly chill and seems like the perfect complement to a hot summer day. And some of it is a bit more chaotic and bright and fast!
But most importantly, it definitely has the ability to “appeal to a wide swath of people and peak at the right time” — aka go viral — because there is something so beautiful and perfect (and maybe unintentionally poignant?) about the way The Simpsons matches up with this music.