Dream pop is a musical genre
closely related to shoegaze
, which originated in 1980s Britain with bands like the Cocteau Twins
. It tends to be less associated with the walls of noise characteristic of shoegaze, and more with dreamy soundscapes and ethereal
vocals. The vocals in dream pop tend to be more audible than those in shoegaze. The songs in general tend to have a more accessible, pop
-orientated sound, and are less aggressive.
Many people erroneously use "dream pop" as a synonym for shoegaze. Some also argue that dream pop is in fact a subgenre of shoegaze.