Dream Pop: Discover An Indie Rock Sub-Genre

Mazzy Star2Somewhere stuck between alternative rock and post-punk, there is a musical genre that generates an ethereal, rich textured sound called “dream pop”.    The music is mood altering, mellow with soft vocals, that sometimes are even whispered.   This style of music has been around since the mid-80’s with bands like Mazzy Star, The Church, The Sundays, Bjork even some of the early Cure records.

ellie-goulding-lights-chordsandcovers.com_Since the 80’s, offshoots of the genre have included musical styles like Trip Hop and Ambient Pop.   Dream Pop often doesn’t generate massive commercial success but they dominate critic’s best-of lists, getting high reviews, and their fan base is very dedicated.   Recent artists keeping the genre alive are Arcade Fire, Silversun Pickups, The XX, Beach House, and 2012’s Ellie Goulding who hit #1 with her massive single, “Lights”.

“FADE INTO YOU”    –    MAZZY STAR

“LIFE IN A NORTHERN TOWN” – THE DREAM ACADEMY

“LIGHTS” – ELLIE GOULDING

“KISSING FAMILIES” – SILVERSUN PICKUPS

 

 

2 comments

  1. That Mazzy Star song has always been a favorite of mine. I had never heard the Silversun Pickups song you liked best. Definitely cool vibe.

  2. Dream Pop was pretty darn interesting! I loved all the songs except I wasn’t too crazy aboout Ellie Goulding. ‘Kissing families” was my favorite pick! The video was so freaking killer, the bass player is amazing!!!

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