Dream pop is a category often tied and complementary to shoegaze, sharing some characteristics like a lot of modulated guitar sounds, yet dream pop itself often has this, well, dreamy, languid vocal characteristics which earned it such a name.
Whichever artists had the biggest influence on creating such a sound, and many cite bands like The Cocteau Twins and Echo & The Bunnymen, among others, the sound has persisted for decades now and has particularly taken root in the U.S.
So it is no wonder that Coral Grief, one of the current purveyors of the sound come from Seattle with their latest 6-song EP Daydrops showing what the current dream pop sound is all about.
The band was formed by Lena Farr-Morrissey and Sam Fason in January 2020, and it seems that they have so far picked up all the key characteristics of good dream pop – creating an ethereal, almost ambient atmosphere and bringing in subtly, elements from other genres, whether it is shoegaze-style guitar sound to even elements of krautrock.
It is all underpinned by a more current production approach, with Farr-Morrisey’s vocals more upfront than is the case with most other dream pop acts, showcasing the band’s penchant for strong melodies, which just might be another of this band’s strong points.