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Ambient pop is a musical genre that developed in the 1980s as an extension of the dream pop movement. 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

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

See also


  1. ^ a b "Ambient Pop". AllMusic. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  2. ^ Abramovich, Alex (20 January 2016). "The Invention of Ambient Music". The New Yorker. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  3. ^ Buckley (2015)
  4. ^ a b Mason, Stewart. "Japan – "Taking Islands in Africa"". AllMusic. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  5. ^ Abebe, Nitsuh. "Pygmalion – Slowdive". AllMusic. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  6. ^ Korber, Kevin (6 August 2015). "Holy Hell! Pygmalion Turns 20". Spectrum Culture. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  7. ^ Abebe, Nitsuh (28 November 2005). "Slowdive: Just for a Day / Souvlaki / Pygmalion". Pitchfork. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  8. ^ Simpson, Dave (9 March 2007). "Air, Pocket Symphony". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  9. ^ Ross, Annabel (7 April 2016). "The Shortlist's album reviews: April 8". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 11 July 2017.
  10. ^ Murray, Robin (16 April 2010). "MFlow – Dream Pop". Clash. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  11. ^ Reges, Margaret. "Cale Parks". AllMusic. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  12. ^ Lathan, Ryan (21 June 2017). "Cigarettes After Sex: Cigarettes After Sex". PopMatters. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  13. ^ Seshadri, Pooja. "Croatian Amor's Ambient Pop Keeps Getting Stranger". The Fader. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  14. ^ Phipps, Keith (16 September 2003). "East River Pipe: Garbageheads On Endless Stun". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 10 July 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 (31 October 2011). "Grouper & Lawrence English: "Wake" from Slow Walkers". The Portland Mercury. Archived from the original on 6 September 2015. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  18. ^ Richardson, Mark (28 April 2010). "Grouper – A I A : Alien Observer". Pitchfork. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  19. ^ Terich, Jeff. "Grouper : The Man Who Died In His Boat". Treblezine. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  20. ^ Vena, Jon (18 February 1998). "Mono's Ambient-Pop Sound Hits America". MTV. Retrieved 10 July 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. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  25. ^ Flick, Larry. "Quinn – Ecstasy in Avila". Billboard. 108 (13): 134. ISSN 0006-2510.
  26. ^ Rogers, Jude (2013). "Talk Talk Natural Order Review". BBC. Retrieved 2 January 2019.

Further reading

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