What is Shoegaze? Is it a genre? A style of music? And if so, what are the parameters of the music? Some say Shoegaze is a genre with thick, textured guitars working together to form a wall of sound. Some say Shoegaze is a form of dream pop. I’d argue that you can’t really define Shoegaze, but you will know it when you hear it. Shoegaze does in fact have said layered and textured guitars. But really, the sound is less important than the feeling one gets. When listening to Shoegaze, one is transported to an ethereal, state. That’s why I called this week’s playlist “A Shoegaze Dream.” This playlist will transport you to another realm. One that doesn’t follow the rules of our current corporal existence. A world that transcends our very existence and favors sounds that, at times, seem alien to our minds.
This week’s playlist features bands that capture this ethereal feeling with their music. Bands such as My Bloody Valentine, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Lush, Cocteau Twins, Slowdive, Catherine Wheel, L83, and so many more. There’s music from an early incarnation of The Verve, a song from Cranes, and even a song from Tooth and Nail’s Starflyer 59. If you love Shoegaze music, you’ll love this week’s playlist.
Is it Shoegaze, Dream Pop, or something else?
I never did answer that question. Shoegaze certainly fits into Dream Pop most of the time, but not all the time. Likewise, not all Dream Pop is Shoegaze. As far as the term “Shoegaze,” a lot of artists hate that term including Kevin Sheilds of My Bloody Valentine. To be fair, it is indeed a marketing term (kind of like Classic Rock), but no one seems to have come up with a better name. So call the genre what you will, it doesn’t matter. What matters is the feelings and the sounds.
That’s all I’ve got for you today. I hope you enjoyed this week’s playlist. Rock on, and rocksteady!