Originating Location: United States of America

Originating Era: 1980s

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Indie-Rock's answer to pop, indie-pop can be somewhat deceiving by name alone. While traditional pop music is traditionally known for the melodies and concise, catchy structures alone, no matter what the base genre might be, indie-pop tends to specify solely a rock background. The main difference between indie-rock and indie-pop is that indie-rock spans the entire spectrum of possibilities when it comes to rock whether is it incredibly noisey and abstract or soft and concise; indie-pop is always melodic and angst-free, no matter the style. During the 80s and early 90s when indie-rock prided itself as being as complicated and usually noisey as possible, indie-popsters were embracing the simplicity of rock music. They were perfectly content with the sweeter side of life, emphasizng harmonies and concise arrangments instead of deciding between overdrive or feedback on the guitar. It should be noted that this does not mean that the genre is taken lightly though; artists and fans of indie-pop are notorious for being incredibly hard-working and the D.I.Y. aesthetic is front and center at all times. Today indie-pop has expanded to encompass many different sub-styles, including but not close to being limited to the lush and complex arrangments of chamber pop, the louder, fuller sound of shoegaze and the deceivingly simple and innocent twee pop.

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