» dream pop

  • Alvvays Antisocialites cover art
    Alvvays // Antisocialites

    Twee and power pop generally dominate, but the soaring guitars and emotional heft of the lyrics give the album a feeling of lush drama as well

  • alison's halo - eyedazzler cover
    Alison's Halo // Eyedazzler 1992-1996

    The crunchy guitars of “Wishes” and “Chime” deserved at least a shot at the singles charts.

  • ride - nowhere lp cover
    Ride // Nowhere

    If anything, 'Vapour Trail' pioneered the guitar/strings/keyboards combination used to terrible effect in a thousand sappy alt-rock ballads that would infest the '90s.

  • souvlaki cover
    Slowdive // Souvlaki

    While I lean towards the noisier end of the shoegaze spectrum, I can’t think of any litmus test that opening track “Alison” would fail.

  • The Horrors // Luminous

    A significant refinement of their sound, with enough pop leanings to foreshadow a full-on pitch for mainstream acceptance