Ambient pop

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Ambient pop is a subgenre of dream pop that developed in the 1980s. It merges structures that are common to conventional pop music with "electronic textures and atmospheres that mirror the hypnotic, meditative qualities of ambient music."[1]

Characteristics and history[edit]

David Sylvian (pictured in 1978) took an ambient pop direction later in his career

Ambient pop employs the lock-groove melodies of Krautrock as an influence. Despite being an extension of the dream pop movement, it is distinguished by its adoption of "contemporary electronic idioms, including sampling, although for the most part live instruments continue to define the sound."[1]

David Bowie was among the first rock and pop artists to experiment with ambient music, particularly on his Berlin Trilogy with ambient music pioneer Brian Eno.[2] The track "Red Sails" from the trilogy's third album, Lodger was described as a "piece of ambient pop with Motorik beat."[3] English art rock band Japan's song "Taking Islands in Africa" from Gentlemen Take Polaroids (1980) is regarded by AllMusic critic Stewart Mason as a forecast of "the ambient pop direction Japan (and leader David Sylvian) would take for the rest of their careers." Featuring the Yellow Magic Orchestra leader Ryuichi Sakamoto, the track employed "a very non-rock African talking drum rhythm, slowed down to a sub-heartbeat crawl and overlaid with layers of atmospheric keyboards and minimal bass."[4]

Dream pop band Slowdive's 1995, Pygmalion album heavily incorporated elements of ambient electronica,[5] influencing many bands of the genre.[6] Pitchfork critic Nitsuh Abebe described the album's tracks as "ambient pop dreams that have more in common with post-rock like Disco Inferno than shoegazers like Ride".[7]

List of ambient pop artists[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Abramovich, Alex (January 20, 2016). "The Invention of Ambient Music". The New Yorker. Retrieved July 10, 2017. 
  3. ^ Buckley (2015)
  4. ^ a b Mason, Stewart. "Japan - "Taking Islands in Africa"". AllMusic . Retrieved July 10, 2017. 
  5. ^ Abebe, Nitsuh. "Pygmalion – Slowdive". AllMusic. Retrieved July 10, 2017. 
  6. ^ Korber, Kevin (August 6, 2015). "Holy Hell! Pygmalion Turns 20". Spectrum Culture. Retrieved July 10, 2017. 
  7. ^ Abebe, Nitsuh (November 28, 2005). "Slowdive: Just for a Day / Souvlaki / Pygmalion". Pitchfork. Retrieved July 10, 2017. 
  8. ^ Simpson, Dave (9 March 2007). "Air, Pocket Symphony". The Guardian. Retrieved July 10, 2017. 
  9. ^ Ross, Annabel (April 7, 2016). "The Shortlist's album reviews: April 8". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved July 11, 2017. 
  10. ^ Murray, Robin (April 16, 2010). "MFlow - Dream Pop". Clash. Retrieved July 10, 2017. 
  11. ^ Reges, Margaret. "Cale Parks". AllMusic. Retrieved July 10, 2017. 
  12. ^ Lathan, Ryan (June 21, 2017). "Cigarettes After Sex: Cigarettes After Sex". PopMatters. Retrieved July 10, 2017. 
  13. ^ Seshadri, Pooja. "Croatian Amor’s Ambient Pop Keeps Getting Stranger". The Fader. Retrieved July 10, 2017. 
  14. ^ Phipps, Keith (September 16, 2003). "East River Pipe: Garbageheads On Endless Stun". The A.V. Club. Retrieved July 10, 2017. 
  15. ^ Hart, Ron (December 2007). "Brad Laner - Neighbor Singing". CMJ (152). ISSN 1074-6978. 
  16. ^ Flick, Larry (19 October 1996). "Enigma - "Beyond the Invisible"". Billboard. 108 (42): 62. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  17. ^ a b Lewis, Alex (October 31, 2011). "Grouper & Lawrence English: "Wake" from Slow Walkers". The Portland Mercury. Retrieved July 10, 2017. 
  18. ^ Richardson, Mark (April 28, 2010). "Grouper - A I A : Alien Observer". Pitchfork. Retrieved July 10, 2017. 
  19. ^ Terich, Jeff. "Grouper : The Man Who Died In His Boat". Treblezine. Retrieved July 10, 2017. 
  20. ^ Vena, Jon (February 18, 1998). "Mono's Ambient-Pop Sound Hits America". MTV. Retrieved July 10, 2017. 
  21. ^ Young, Jon (September 2011). "Shlohmo - Bad Vibes". Spin. 27 (8): 88. ISSN 0886-3032. 
  22. ^ Schneider, Marc (22 March 2013). "Sigur Rós Announce New Album 'Kveikur'". Billboard. Retrieved 10 July 2017. 
  23. ^ Waters, Christopher (1 December 1999). "Sweet Trip - Alura". Exclaim!. Retrieved 10 July 2017. 
  24. ^ "Ambient pop unit Vondelpark announce full details of forthcoming Seabed LP". Fact. January 31, 2013. Retrieved July 10, 2017. 
  25. ^ Flick, Larry. "Quinn - Ecstasy in Avila". Billboard. 108 (13): 134. ISSN 0006-2510. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Buckley, David (2015). David Bowie: The Music and The Changes. Omnibus. ISBN 1783236175.