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Poll Question: A random list of several dream pop & shoegaze artists
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Somehow I got ahold of this great 2 cassette set in the mid 80's titled "The Best of 4AD" which featured mostly the people who made up This Mortal Coil & Brendan & Lisa from Dead Can Dance and I was hooked. 

This Mortal Coil gets my vote here...followed by Dead Can Dance & Lush.
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This Mortal Coil is tremendous but No-Man rules!
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Originally posted by Luna Luna wrote:

Originally posted by A Person A Person wrote:

I thought DCD were darkwave
I did too ;)


I thought they were neofolk.
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Not sure that Dead Can Dance is shoe gaze nor dream pop....but they are my favorite on the list so voted for them, ...I also really like This Mortal Coil and Cocteau Twins who do qualify as shoe gaze/dream pop.
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Cocteau Twins.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Icarium Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 11 2013 at 10:10
Originally posted by dr wu23 dr wu23 wrote:

Not sure that Dead Can Dance is shoe gaze nor dream pop....but they are my favorite on the list so voted for them, ...I also really like This Mortal Coil and Cocteau Twins who do qualify as shoe gaze/dream pop.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Prog Sothoth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 11 2013 at 12:07
I love a lot of these bands, thus I'll have to take the sentimental route and give Lush the nod as they're the only group on the list I've seen live twice (seen DCD, Cranes and Alcest once) and they were one of my defining bands for the 90s, in that hearing their music takes me back to some pretty cool times in my life. Man I loved Miki.

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Originally posted by aginor aginor wrote:

Originally posted by dr wu23 dr wu23 wrote:

Not sure that Dead Can Dance is shoe gaze nor dream pop....but they are my favorite on the list so voted for them, ...I also really like This Mortal Coil and Cocteau Twins who do qualify as shoe gaze/dream pop.

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Interestingly PA here calls them 'prog folk'.....
DEAD CAN DANCE combine elements of European folk music - particularly music from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance - with ambient pop and worldbeat flourishes. Their songs are of lost beauty, regret and sorrow, inspiration and nobility, and of the everlasting human goal of attaining a meaningful existence. Topically they draw inspiration from the themes similar to those of Symphonic Progressive Rock and Progressive Folk. Musically, they often use production techniques related to Progressive Electronic and Experimental styles.
Their music is hard to categorize at times.
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Been a Cocteau/Elizabeth Frasier/Robin Guthrie fan since I bought Treasure in '84 based solely on its album cover. Proceeded to become a 4 A.D./Beggars Banquet addict so have all those and more (Lush, Dif Juz, This Mortal Coil, Lisa Gerrard before DCD, Clan of Xymox, Kitchens of Distinction, Trashcan Sinatras, Throwing Muses, Pixies, His Name Is Alive, In Camera, Lakuna, Modern English, Lydia Lunch, The The, Pale Saints, Xmal Deutschland, Moon and the Melodies). No less than four Cocteau Twins albums and three EPS in my all-time Top 100 albums. Also, check out Robine Guthrie's solo releases in the past decade: a return to Treasure/Victorialand era. Utter bliss.

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Mercury Rev, especially All is Dream

Sparklehorse would be a good fit for ' shoegazing' too I guess
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Originally posted by dr wu23 dr wu23 wrote:

Originally posted by aginor aginor wrote:

Originally posted by dr wu23 dr wu23 wrote:

Not sure that Dead Can Dance is shoe gaze nor dream pop....but they are my favorite on the list so voted for them, ...I also really like This Mortal Coil and Cocteau Twins who do qualify as shoe gaze/dream pop.
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Interestingly PA here calls them 'prog folk'.....

DEAD CAN DANCE combine elements of European folk music - particularly music from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance - with ambient pop and worldbeat flourishes. Their songs are of lost beauty, regret and sorrow, inspiration and nobility, and of the everlasting human goal of attaining a meaningful existence. Topically they draw inspiration from the themes similar to those of Symphonic Progressive Rock and Progressive Folk. Musically, they often use production techniques related to Progressive Electronic and Experimental styles.

Their music is hard to categorize at times.

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Originally posted by dr wu23 dr wu23 wrote:

Originally posted by aginor aginor wrote:

Originally posted by dr wu23 dr wu23 wrote:

Not sure that Dead Can Dance is shoe gaze nor dream pop....but they are my favorite on the list so voted for them, ...I also really like This Mortal Coil and Cocteau Twins who do qualify as shoe gaze/dream pop.

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Neoclassical dark wave
, dark wave
, ethereal wave
, gothic rock
, post-punk
 (early)
 
Interestingly PA here calls them 'prog folk'.....
DEAD CAN DANCE combine elements of European folk music - particularly music from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance - with ambient pop and worldbeat flourishes. Their songs are of lost beauty, regret and sorrow, inspiration and nobility, and of the everlasting human goal of attaining a meaningful existence. Topically they draw inspiration from the themes similar to those of Symphonic Progressive Rock and Progressive Folk. Musically, they often use production techniques related to Progressive Electronic and Experimental styles.
Their music is hard to categorize at times.

I'd also mention that their 1st EP & album ("Dead Can Dance" & "The Garden of Earthly Delights") were orchestrated with traditional "rock band" instrumentation (my fave DCD albums) but after they began using authentic medieval period instruments.
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Originally posted by The.Crimson.King The.Crimson.King wrote:

Originally posted by dr wu23 dr wu23 wrote:

Originally posted by aginor aginor wrote:

Originally posted by dr wu23 dr wu23 wrote:

Not sure that Dead Can Dance is shoe gaze nor dream pop....but they are my favorite on the list so voted for them, ...I also really like This Mortal Coil and Cocteau Twins who do qualify as shoe gaze/dream pop.

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Genres
Neoclassical dark wave
, dark wave
, ethereal wave
, gothic rock
, post-punk
 (early)
 
Interestingly PA here calls them 'prog folk'.....
DEAD CAN DANCE combine elements of European folk music - particularly music from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance - with ambient pop and worldbeat flourishes. Their songs are of lost beauty, regret and sorrow, inspiration and nobility, and of the everlasting human goal of attaining a meaningful existence. Topically they draw inspiration from the themes similar to those of Symphonic Progressive Rock and Progressive Folk. Musically, they often use production techniques related to Progressive Electronic and Experimental styles.
Their music is hard to categorize at times.

I'd also mention that their 1st EP & album ("Dead Can Dance" & "The Garden of Earthly Delights") were orchestrated with traditional "rock band" instrumentation (my fave DCD albums) but after they began using authentic medieval period instruments.
The first 2 things they did are interesting but imho they hit their stride with Realm and then Spleen...the later ones are very good but they moved even more to 'world music'.
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I have been a fan of dreampop, shoegaze and darkwave for many years. You could put a lot of bands in a venn diagram that fits them in one or more of those genres. Would love to hear a collision of those styles with prog. I'm glad there's others here that share this interest. I don't think it's important to fit artists neatly into categories, but it helps when making recommendations. Any fans of MBV should check out Medicine. You might have seen them briefly in the film "The Crow". Also check out Melody's Echo Chamber, Sleep Over, Young Prisms and The Flir.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Polymorphia Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 25 2014 at 21:24
How did I not see this? All of these bands are great, but MBV takes the cake for me.

EDIT: Whoops, it seems I did see it, but the poll let me vote again, although the results didn't change.


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