“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”
~ Bob Marley.
Bored with your playlist lately? Are the same old pop songs just not doing it for you anymore? Well, we have a way to fix that. Give these genres a listen and ‘indie-fy’ your taste!
1. Dream Pop: “Dream Pop is an atmospheric subgenre of alternative rock that relies on sonic textures as much as on melody. Dream pop classically features breathy vocals and synthesizers coupled with processed and echo-laden guitars. The term ‘dream pop’ emerges from the familiar feeling of “immersion” that follows listening to this genre.
The genre came into prominence in the 1980s through the work of Cocteau Twins, A.R. Kane, and their contemporaries. My Bloody Valentine, Galaxie 500, Lush, and Mazzy Star are a few of the groups that released significant albums in this style. It saw renewed popularity among millennial listeners following the late ‘00s success of Beach House.”
‘Fade Into You’ by Mazzy Star
‘Just like Heaven’ by The Cure
2. Vaporwave: Vaporwave is a microgenre comprising electronic music, a visual art style, and an Internet meme that emerged in the early 2010s. Recognized by its slowed-down, chopped and screwed samples of smooth jazz, elevator, R&B, and lounge music from the 1980s and 1990s, it is also associated with its satirical take on consumer capitalism and pop culture. It tends to be characterized by a nostalgic or surrealist attachment toward the popular entertainment, technology and advertising of previous decades.
Its visual components include early Internet imagery, late 1990s web design, glitch art, anime, 3D-rendered objects, and cyberpunk tropes in its cover artwork and music videos.
‘Climbing the Corporate Ladder’ by nmesh
‘Hit the Spot’ by Surfing
3. Qawwali: Qawwali, also spelled Qavvali in India and Pakistan, is an energetic musical performance of Sufi Muslim poetry that aims to lead listeners into a state of religious ecstasy and a spiritual union with Allah (God). In the late 20th century, the music was popularized outside of South Asia, owing largely to its promotion by the world music industry.
Qawwali takes place in the context of a mehfil-e samāʿ— a "gathering for [spiritual] listening." The most significant of these gatherings take place in Sufi shrines on the anniversary of the death of the saint associated with the shrine. Small mehfil-e samāʿ are held throughout the year on Thursdays, when Muslims remember the deceased, or on Fridays, the day of prayer. Qawwali performances may also be arranged to offer spiritual nourishment on other special occasions.
‘Sanu Ek Pal Chain’ by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
‘Sone Ke Kalas Wale Khwaja’ by Mohammed Noor
4. Kawaii Metal: Pioneered in Japan in the early 2010s, Kawaii metal (also known as idol metal, cute metal, or kawaiicore) is a musical genre that is a blend of heavy metal and J-pop elements. Eastern and Western influences fuse together in this genre which explains its appeal to both cultures. A typical kawaii metal composition brings together the instrumentation found in various types of heavy metal music with J-pop melodies along with a Japanese idol aesthetic. Kawaii (cute, lovable, kidlike) themes are predominant within Kawaii metal’s lyrics, making them much less hostile or aggressive than other heavy metal genres.
‘Gimme Chocolate!!’ by BABYMETAL
‘Riot Anthem’ by LADYBABY
5. Goa Trance: “Goa trance is an electronic dance music style that originated in the early 1990s in the Indian state of Goa. Drone-like basslines—similar to the techno minimalism of the 21st century psychedelic trance (psytrance)— characterize Goa trance. Psychedelic trance developed from Goa trance. Goa’s identity as the hippie capital in the late 1960s and 1970s resulted in the genre’s musical developments to include a variety of elements. Industrial, New beat and Electronic Body Music (EBM) fused with the spiritual culture of India throughout the 1980s led to the birth of this genre in the 1990s. Various genres of "computer music" (e.g: high energy disco without vocals, acid-house, electro, industrial-gothic, various styles of house and electronic-rock hybrids) also featured in this musical style.
It seeped into households via tape cassettes brought in by traveler-collectors and DJs, which was then shared/copied tape-to-tape among Goa DJs. Goa Trance celebrated an underground music scene— one not driven by labels or the music industry’s definitions.
‘Antara’ by Shivatree
‘New Born’ by Spirit Architect