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I have, after 26ish years, found a genre of music that I feel entirely comfortable saying I love. For now, anyway..


"The shoegazing sound featured extensive use of guitar effects, and indistinguishable vocal melodies that blended into the creative noise of the guitars"

"Vocals are typically subdued in volume and tone, but underneath the layers of guitars is generally a strong sense of melody."

Oh yes, this is my music.. To me, vocals are just another instrument, and I really couldn't care less about the actual words that are being sung, because it's all part of a wider piece.

"The bands became perceived by critics as over-privileged, self-indulgent and middle-class."

This also explains why I might enjoy it ;o)

The genre covers Asobi Seksu, who while not strictly good, do make songs that really appeal to me.. Mew too, for that matter, at least when I look back at albums like Frengers. And I definitely think that Elbow and Stars drop in and out of the genre from time to time, depending on the album/song.

Oh, and the entire Lost in Translation soundtrack.

It makes me happy to have some sort of label / focal point for this sort of thing. If nothing else, it makes it easier to find other music that I might enjoy..
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If you haven't already, check out the music of Ride. They were the original shoegazers for whom the title was coined.

In a bit of post necromancy, the lost in translation soundtrack, if I recall, was done by Kevin Sheilds? Who again, if I recall, was of My Bloody Valentine, who pretty much pioneered that genre...

Could be why :)

Pfft, like I didn't already read that on wikipedia years ago ;o)

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