Somewhere 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.
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