An indie/alternative subgenre that evokes a hypnagogic state and relies heavily on ethereal textures built from reverb-heavy production, glimmering guitar jangle and whispered or operatic vocals.
Who's doing it?
Dream pop has seen a major boost in its profile thanks to Beach House (pictured), who took it to #7 on Billboard in May with their album, Bloom. Also, Braids made 2011's Polaris Music Prize short list. Twin Sister, I Break Horses and Porcelain Raft all released highly acclaimed releases in the past year.
Where should I start?
4AD is basically responsible for its existence, thanks to pioneers like Cocteau Twins, A.R. Kane and This Mortal Coil, as well as current artists like Blonde Redhead, Atlas Sound and even Canadian newcomers Purity Ring, who all diversify dream pop. See also: everything by Sigur Rós.
The debut albums by Echo Lake and Purity Ring. Wild Nothing's sophomore album (out August 28).
NewsApr 13, 2015
Suuns Talk Their Meeting of Minds with Jerusalem in My Heart
Speaking with Ben Shemie, guitarist and vocalist for the edgy rock outfit Suuns, it's apparent his band's self-titled collaboration with Rad...
StreamsApr 10, 2015
Emm Gryner"Math Wiz" on Exclaim! TV
Last spring Emm Gryner released her tenth studio album, Torrential, via her own independent label Dead Daisy Records. The singer-songwrit...
NewsApr 08, 2015
Royal Thunder Open Up About 'Crooked Doors'
Royal Thunder's Crooked Doors has been framed as break-up record, given that vocalist/lyricist/bassist Mlny Parsonz and guitarist Josh Weave...
NewsApr 07, 2015
Waxahatchee Talks Writing and Recording 'Ivy Tripp'
Katie Crutchfield's lo-fi indie project Waxahatchee may have taken its name from a creek in Alabama, but thanks to the slow-building success...