View Full Version : Dream pop.

05-24-2007, 11:10 AM
This is an interesting genre that I've recentely been getting into. Basically, it's incredibly ambient, depressing folk that is based on creating soundscapes rather than a straight forward pop song. Kind of like early Sonic Youth meets indie.

I was just curious if anyone else here was into it/knows of any good bands that I might want to check out.

05-24-2007, 11:19 AM
You've probably already heard Loveless by My Bloody Valentine. You might want to check out Blonde Redhead too. Their more recent stuff is kind of like an updated version of the MBV sound but supposedly their earlier stuff sounded a lot more like Sonic Youth. I'm only familiar with their most recent album, 23, but it was quite good.

05-24-2007, 12:24 PM

You might love the first 2 albums but they are mixed with trip-hop. The 3rd album (the magnificent tree) is their most famous album and my favourite. It's kinda different from their previous efforts, trip-hop is disappearing. The next 2 albums seem to be a very good pop. I checked it now and all of their albums are labeled as Adult Alternative Pop/Rock /Ambient Pop /Dream Pop (with slight differences) by allmusic.com.

They are sweet Belgian band with amazingly hot singer.

There is a good torrent at demonoid.com......if you need help, tell me.

05-24-2007, 12:35 PM

You made a thread about them at one point, didn't you? I remember you posted some band that fell under the dream-pop label but I wasn't really thrilled by them when I listened. They seemed more like radio-ready soft-rock with the atmosphere seemingly added as an afterthought. Most dream-pop stuff the focus is on sounds and noises building an atmosphere and the melody is more the afterthought (though that doesn't mean they're non-existant). Check out the Blonde Redhead song "23" on youtube (I'm at work now, youtube is blocked so I can't link you myself) for something a bit more typical of the genre.

05-24-2007, 12:40 PM
yeah, I posted a link of that thread here...like I said, you guys might love the first 2 albums by them...

...I'm gonna compare it with Blonde Redhead...

05-24-2007, 02:15 PM
I liked 'Equus' by them...sligthly disturbing video but catchy vocals. '23' was meh...it's the music similar to Hooverphonic's 1st album.

Ok, check this out:

1st album with different singer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wobu_4uASfE 2Wicky
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zYDZQqN93g Inhaler

2nd album:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veP2PcvMWKQ Eden
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hw3hIKl6WIc&mode=related&search Club Montepulciano

4th album:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9ehaxni9bY&mode=related&search= One

5th album:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AUkEfZlQJY&mode=related&search= Wake up

05-24-2007, 04:43 PM
OH MY GOD. Blonde Redhead = amazing.

05-25-2007, 02:46 PM
Keep suggestions coming here people. This thread has sparked a hole in my life that needs more dream pop/ambient.

05-25-2007, 03:14 PM
The two bands that got me into the genre were the Red House Painters and Mazzy Star. Both are a lot poppier and more guitar oriented than Blonde Redhead, but they're both very good. For Mazzy Star, I'd reccommend "Fade Into You" and "Into Dust", for Red House Painters, I'd reccomend "San Geronimo" and "Grace Cathedrial Park".