We’re going to try a little experiment on this post. We’re going to open up the comments. We would like you to consider weighing in to the genre here. Is this “dream pop” to you?
Jacko Hooper – “Getting no place fast”
-With glowing guitars and a delightful layered vocal section, this track feels like a light style of rock that is pleasing to a broad range of listeners. The synthesizer works through the middle of the track to create a sense of lightness and levitation. The lyrical theme is about realizing that a relationship is not working and it’s possibly time to move on. The soaring atmospheric elements throughout the track make it perfect for background listening. What do you think? Is this dream pop?
Apollo Ghosts – “Gave up the dream”
-The defining element of this song is the driving rhythm. It’s got a cool lyrical sense to it that feels comfortable and organic. There’s a nice little effect on the electric guitars that make them sound a bit softer to the ear, allowing the blend with the vocals to be seamless. The overall energy of the track is sadness or disappointment of what could have been, yet at the same time there’s an almost nostalgic joy about a former connection. We’re not always a fan of discordant elements, but they work on this track as a beautiful juxtaposition with the lush harmonic elements. It’s a song with a message. Do you think this qualifies as dream pop?
Martin Luke Brown – “elsie”
-It’s impossible for me to listen to this song without thinking of Adam Melchor. That’s not to say that there’s any connection between the two, but it’s just… sonic similarity. The pacing and style definitely reminds me of Melchor’s writing style. Martin Luke Brown has a sweet pop rock momentum driving this track. The lyrics are about a person named Elsie, mixed with detailed and relatable memories. The lyric about finding out that his folks are “broken people” really hits. I adore the entire mood of this track, complete with effervescent pop melodies and the prettiest harmonic vocals. I’m pretty sure this is the dictionary definition of dream pop. Do you agree?
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