One of my favorite ways to discover new music is through the soundtracks of TV-Shows or Movies. My newest TV crush is Extant, a sci-fi drama with the brilliant Halle Berry playing the main character. And Extant is also where I stumbled upon this wonderfully dark trip-hop tune by Poliça, that is played during the 6th episode of the show, in the scene where Gordon Kern is taking tranquilizing drugs and Kryger steals his fingerprints.
Poliça is a synth-pop, trip-hop band from Minneapolis with Channy Leaneagh as a lead singer. Their newest album ‘Shulamith’ was released in 2013 and they have since toured through Europe and the US. They have also made a brief appearance here on Electric Women on our dream pop playlist.
‘Very Cruel’ is also to be found on their newest album. It’s a song about a dark memory of lost love. About dedication, choice, mistakes and regretful nostalgia. This theme is continued and amplified by Channy’s powerful voice and the dark accompanying synths. And it feels like the song still resonates in my head hours after listening to it. It definitely makes a lasting impression.
So it’s all the more tragic that I actually missed out on an opportunity to see them live about two weeks ago. It’s something I will regret for a good while. Don’t make the same mistake to miss out on them.
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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.