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Slowcore is a subgenre of alternative rock and indie rock. The music of slowcore artists is generally characterized by bleak lyrics, downbeat melodies, slower tempos and minimalist arrangements. Slowcore is often used interchangeably with the term sadcore.[1][2]


Slowcore is a fusion genre of indie rock and sadcore,[3] characterized by minimal musical backing, played at extremely slow speeds.[4] Slowcore songs feature often feature "depressing lyrics", according to Listverse.[3] Some singer-songwriters who have been labelled slowcore include distinctive and unusual vocalists, such as the Swedish singer Stina Nordenstam, and bands with creative drummers, such as Codeine.[2]

Artists would often take influence from other genres like americana, dream pop and post-rock, often times straddling lines between genres.[5]


Early acts such as Galaxie 500 and American Music Club were hugely influential on the genre; however, they are not generally considered slowcore acts. The genre began in the early 1990s as an act of rebellion against the predominant energy and aggression of grunge. The genre is linked to the band Low, who began experimenting by playing quietly and slowly to traditional rock audiences.[2]

Though the genre slowly fizzled out of public conscious near the end of the 1990s, slowcore has gained recent popularity due to the spread of the internet. Bands like Duster have reunited because of newfound interest in the genre.

The revived interest in slowcore has spawned a new generation of artists such as Giles Corey and Good Night & Good Morning.

Artists associated with the genre include Bluetile Lounge, Duster, Tacoma Radar, Bedhead, early Red House Painters, Spain, Codeine, Pedro the Lion, Idaho, Low,[3] and Rivulets.

See also[edit]

  • Doom metal, a genre of heavy metal that also focuses on slow tempos and pessimistic lyrics
  • Sadcore


  1. ^ AllMusic Guide genre entry for Slowcore
  2. ^ a b c The Sunday Times Culture's Encyclopedia of Modern Music, February 1, 2009
  3. ^ a b c Craigo, Ethan (September 28, 2011). "10 Obscure Fusion Genres". Listverse. Retrieved June 23, 2016.
  4. ^ Pitchfork album review
  5. ^ January 31st, Samuel Rosean; 2019. "The Beginner's Guide To: Slowcore". DrownedInSound. Retrieved 2021-02-23.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)

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