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:

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

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