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Old 01-14-2005, 09:06 AM   #1
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The "shoegazer" genre and other dreamy music

I was listening to Slug the other day and was reminded of how much I love dreamy, cinematic music. Unfortunatly, I don't really know what has been done in that field.

I know some people call it "shoegazer" music. My Bloody Valentine (Loveless) apparently belongs to that genre.. but I don't really like them.

Anyway, what are your thoughts on that kind of music?
Do you know any good artists?
I heard of M83 and Ulrich Schnauss; are they any good? Are they worth checking out?
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Old 01-14-2005, 09:36 AM   #2
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Re: The "shoegazer" genre and other dreamy music

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I know some people call it "shoegazer" music... My Bloody Valentine (Loveless) apparently belongs to that genre.. but I don't really like them.
When I saw your title I immediately thought of My Bloody Valentine. I'm not sure if you're looking for ambient or guitar based music, if the former then try Future Sound of London - Lifeforms or Dead Cities.
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Old 01-14-2005, 09:40 AM   #3
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Well it depends on the guitar... atmospheric guitars (the best example is Zooropa) can do an amazing job.
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Future Sound of London are more of an ambient type of sound, less guitars.

The Verve's second album A Northern Soul is fairly atmospheric, a bit like the Unforgettable Fire. Also try a band called Talk Talk - especially the album "Spirit of Eden".
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Ride are the ultimate "shoegazer" band. They were one of the first, and best.
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You've hit one of my favorite genres. Here's the most recognizable faces:

The Jesus and Mary Chain
Ride
Slowdive
My Bloody Valentine

If you're more interested in "space rock," try "Spacemen 3" or the offshoot, "Spiritualized."

I hear that this is a good magazine, as well...

http://www.losingtoday.com/

...although I've never read it.

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Would Low count too?
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low are technically called slow-core, aren't they? how about the strarford 4, or would they fall more into the space rock thing?

i'm not really one for shoegazer.

super-ambiant stuff puts me to sleep.
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From an Australian angle you might also enjoy the Underground Lovers.
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Old 01-14-2005, 06:50 PM   #10
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I always found the Cocteau Twins enchanting

I know some people hate Liz Fraser's vocals but I find them very pretty
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Liz Fraser has beautiful vocals - but I always found the Cocteau Twins slightly overrated and boring. Now - This Mortal Coil though, is good times!
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'Shoegazer' music has been a recent addiction of mine.

My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive are highly recommended. I think there's quite a bit of confustion here as to what 'shoegazer' music really is, but most genres end up that way.
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Sorry to resurrect this thread, but I was away for a while and coulnd't read your replies.

I have to admit that I'm also confused with the term 'shoegazer'; that's why I added "and other dreamy music" to the thread title. I've checked out some of the music that was suggested in this thread, and some of it really sounds like pop music to me. What I was referring to was dreamy, ambiant, keyboard music (Slug was my example).

By the way, Lifeforms (Future Sound of London) is quite interesting...
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Ride is one of my all time favorite bands!

Slowdive is great too...I was lucky enought to see them together, um, a long time ago.
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If you are looking for dreamy music, then I'd say 'Ladies and Gentlemen...' by Spiritualized and 'Loveless' by MBV are essential. Also, not shoegazing but I'd check out 'The Campfire Headphase' by Boards of Canada (not their best album but the most accessible), and anything by Sigur Ros. There's also this guy called Brian Eno......

Hope this helps.
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