Playlist: Shoegaze / Dream Pop

Listen to our playlist of songs that flirt or are in the genres dream pop and shoegaze.

Shoegaze and dream pop are two subgenres of alternative rock that are often confused and mixed. It is not easy to distinguish them. After all, some sound elements are common to both and the main artists of these styles are generally associated with both.

Some scholars of pop music consider that the elements that gave characteristics to dream pop were born in the 1960s and 1970s with works by bands like Beach Boys and Velvet Underground, and albums produced by Phil Spector, like All Things Must Pass of 1970 by George Harrison . It is understood that dream pop acquired a sound form in the early 1980s, mainly with the Scottish band Cocteau Twins. Many consider shoegaze to be a derivation of dream pop.

But, what is the difference between them? In a brief and simple way, shoegaze presents a harsher sound, in which the ethereal vocals are buried under layers of guitars, creating nebulous songs. In dream pop, there is more clarity in vocals and melodies, with soft sonorous textures that evoke dreams.

Their experiments gave an air of renewal to the aesthetics and sound structures of pop music. Their influence, over the years, contributes to the emergence of bands, which, although not labeled within these styles, flirt with their elements.

Featured Tracks:

  • A Place to Bury Strangers To Fix the Gash in Your Head
  • Pale Saints Sight of You
  • Grouper When We Fall
  • Dinosaur Jr. Tarpit
  • A Sunny Day in Glasgow Close Chorus
  • Chromatics Kill for love
  • Yo La Tengo Nowhere Near
  • Galaxie 500 Listen, The Snow Is Falling
  • Curve Faît Accompli
  • Ride Vapour Trail
  • M83 Don't Save Us from the Flames
  • A Sunny Day in Glasgow Boys Turn Into Girls (Initiation Rites)
  • Primal Scream Shoot Speed/Kill Light
  • Galaxie 500 Blue Thunder
  • Ringo Deathstarr Kaleidoscope
  • Slowdive When the Sun Hits
  • Slowdive Souvlaki Space Station
  • DIIV Mire (Grant's Song)
  • Medicine Miss Drugstore
  • Mercury Rev Chasing a Bee
  • My Bloody Valentine Only Shallow
  • Beach House Myth
  • Beach House Gila
  • Lush De-Luxe
  • Galaxie 500 Tell Me
  • The Brian Jonestown Massacre Hyperventilation
  • The Clientele Reflections After Jane
  • Slowdive Alison
  • Swervedriver Duress
  • Cocteau Twins Carolyn's Fingers
  • Lush Sweetness and Light
  • Low Words
  • The Verve Star Sail
  • The Horrors Three Decades
  • The Jesus and Mary Chain Reverence
  • Mazzy Star Fade Into You
  • The Clientele We Could Walk Together
  • Cocteau Twins Cherry-Coloured Funk
  • My Bloody Valentine Sometimes
  • Ride Leave Them All Behind
  • Teenage Fanclub Star Sign
  • DIIV Under the Sun
  • The Joy Formidable Whirring
  • Beach Fossils Sleep Apnea
  • The Jesus and Mary Chain Just Like Honey
  • Curve Horror Head
  • R.E.M. Let Me In
  • Cocteau Twins Heaven or Las Vegas
  • Deafheaven Near
  • Spiritualized Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space

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