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Dream pop

Music genre
NameDream pop
Stylistic originsPost-punk, psychedelic rock, ethereal wave, ambient music, space rock, pop
Cultural originsMid-1980s, Scotland, England
Typical instrumentsGuitar, bass, drums, vocals, synthesizers
Mainstream popularityLow, with limited success
Derivative formsShoegazing, ambient pop
Other topicsNotable artists

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Dream pop is a subgenre of alternative rock that originated in the United Kingdom in the mid-1980s, when bands like The Passions, Dif Juz, Lowlife and A.R. Kane (to whom the term has been attributed) began fusing post-punk and ethereal experiments with bittersweet pop melodies into dreamy, sensual soundscapes. The term was almost exclusively used in the United States. An "all-star" dream pop collective named This Mortal Coil were known for covering obscure songs mainly from the 1960s and 1970s.

The essence of the music is a focus on ethereal textures and moods, rather than on propulsive rock riffs. Breathy, high-register female vocals or almost whispered male vocals are usually the means of lyrical delivery; lyrics are generally introspective and existential in nature. Cover art tends to consist of blurry pastel imagery or stark minimalist designs, or a combination of these two styles. Overall, the 4AD record label is the one most associated with dream pop, though others such as Creation, Projekt, Fontana, Bedazzled, Vernon Yard and Slumberland also released significant records in the genre.

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The official lyric video for her latest single "Teenage Dream." Buy it on iTunes here: Photos by Ari Michelson.
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QNotes--I'ma sucker for atmospheric -dream---pop- when it's done right and “Encounter” is the gauzy goods. The 12-track set avoids the annoying mope that often weighs ... - Date : Sat, 16 Oct 2010 04:15:56 GMT+00:00
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Spinner--One of the legitimate joys of seeing New York -dream---pop- group School of Seven Bells in a live setting has been the beautiful harmonies from identical twins ... - Date : Wed, 13 Oct 2010 19:01:33 GMT+00:00
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I Like Music---...- will this year include a special one-off London party, featuring Delphic, with their unique alternative dance sound and inimitable -dream pop- vibe. ... - Date : Thu, 14 Oct 2010 09:17:08 GMT+00:00
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