pretty, soft, dreamy, plush, spooky,
music which swirls, hums, buzzes, and floats
I was a Cocteau Twins fan
for many years. In case you own Heaven or Las Vegas, trying
playing Pitch the Baby and singing along with
these words i came up with.
Cranes are a 'goth' band
w/female vocals and beautiful, haunting melodies often underscored by
unsettling noise and intense emotion. I recommend starting with
wings of joy
Dead Can Dance incorporated elements of tribal, medieval, ethnic,
religious, goth and folk music into their own synthesis.
The Durutti Column has
created many masterful albums over the past 22 years, driven by the
unique and varied guitar work of Vini Reilly.
Lycia is from
Arizona, soft dark noise, intensely gothic and beautiful. I recommend
starting with the burning circle then dust.
Madredeus : Portuguese acoustic band w/beautiful female vocals. I
recommend starting with o espírito da paz.
Stereolab are a experimental
drone rock band with lyrics in English and French. i particularly love
their songs with rich harmonies and female vocals. The last few
albums have been very sparse and bleepy; i recommend the earlier albums,
eg. switched on..
or mars audiac quintet.
Orange - Orange : SF dreamy intense band w/beautiful female
vocals. A must-have for fans of early Cocteau Twins. Hard to
find, and the record label
only existed from 1990 to 2003..
Silvania - Spanish duo, experimental droney soft music w/male
vocals, sometimes sounds like early Slowdive. Paisaje III
is the album to get first.
Faith and Disease
- Seattle 'goth' band, beautiful female vocals, Fortune His Sleep
is the album to get.
Ivy - Realistic
wanders through jangly pop with pretty female vocals, the second album
Apartment Life is even better.
have some wonderful songs, including some of the closest thing to Lush
songs i've yet found.
Vanessa Daou - Zipless
is breathy, jazzy, and sensual with.. you guessed it, soft female vocals.
Her other albums aren't recommended unless you really loved
There's a genre of early-90s British noise music call "shoegazing" that
i like enough to give it its own
||Slumberland seems to have vanished, and Creation doesn't
support any of their old bands anymore..
other Music links:
For things that i can't find at bn.com, for non-mainstream , hard-to-find
music i try the following sites:
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