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[Playlist] Electric Women of Dream Pop

So this is a premiere, my very first post of a playlist for convenient listening. I’ve decided to make this first one about the vast landscape of (electronic) Dream Pop, as quite a few of the hitherto published posts could be categorized into this genre, there is a reasonably good representation of Women in the bands in question and last, but not least, it has always been one of my absolute favorite genres. The boundaries of dream pop are broadly set here, as I not only not agree with the notion of a necessity of strict separation between the genres, moreover I think that those boundaries inhibit musical development and progress so I’ll go with what I’d say could be categorized under the umbrella term of Dream Pop.

Dream Pop is primarily defined by ethereal vocals and a focus on the song’s texture. It has been often used in the 80s and 90s for a sub-genre of alternative rock, but thereafter has been used for a wide difference of sounds including, but not limited to, bands that are otherwise labeled as playing synth- or electro pop music.

There have been excessive discussions on which bands are to place under this term, and whether Dream Pop is part of the electronic music scene or not has been a controversial question. In addition, the differentiation between Dream Pop and the closely connected genre Shoegaze has been questioned multiple times as well. But to me those debates surrounding exclusionist notions of music are moot. So in case anyone is still wondering what Dream Pop is, better start listening to the tunes and see for yourself.



Gazelle Twin – Men Like Gods

This is one for the darker hours. ‘Men like Gods’ is taken from Gazelle Twin’s debut album ‘The Entire City’ which was released to great critical acclaim and at times almost rave reviews.  Gazelle Twin’s style is often, not without reason, likened to Fever Ray‘s aesthetics as well as her sound. (Planningtorock also comes to mind.) Elizabeth Walling, who’s project it is, creates dark haunting soundscapes and, as you can see for yourself in the video above, the accompanying visuals to it.

Some call it art-pop, or avant-garde electronic. Whatever you might call it, it is there to bring to light your unconscious fears and it does so beatifully. The incredible remix by Ghost Eyes and the accompanying video, are also highly recommended. Anyway, Gazelle Twin’s dark mind will definitely haunt you for a while if you give yourself in to it.

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