Weirdcore is a surrealist aesthetic centered around amateur or low-quality photography and visual images that are constructed or edited to convey feelings of confusion, disorientation, dread, alienation, and nostalgia or anemoia. Weirdcore is strongly influenced by the general look and feel of images shared on an older internet, roughly spanning from the late 90s to mid-2000s. It brings out the feeling of fear in the viewer because the image places them in an unfamiliar setting or context. However, this is purely subjective and depends on the viewer, their own experiences, and the content of an edit. While some people might find a Weirdcore image scary or ominous, others might feel nostalgia or even a feeling of comfort. Some similar aesthetics are Oddcore, Strangecore, Creeptycore, and Dreamcore.
The exact orgins of Weirdcore are unknown, but go as far back as the early 2010s; It has recently been determined that the earliest confirmed Weirdcore edit was created in 2017, but there could be earlier examples out there that remain unknown. The genre started to pickup popularity when the YouTuber DavidCrypt uploaded a video explaining the Weirdcore aesthetic.
The Weirdcore music genre is centered around amateur or distorted music that has been constructed or edited in a way to convey feelings of confusion, disorientation, or nostalgia. Some popular Weirdcore artists are Vierre Cloud, Mr.Kitty, Louie Zong, etc. Some of their songs have gone viral on TikTok which helped this genre blow up. Listen to Weirdcore playlists on spotify to get the first-hand experience of this genre.