Indie pop, a subgenre of alternative music, emerged in the mid-1980s, with Scottish post-punk bands like Orange Juice and Josef K often credited as its trailblazers.
A Unique Beginning
Independent studios sprouted in the 1970s and 1980s, offering artists an alternative to corporate giants. The term “indie” originated from these studios, fostering a culture of creativity and non-conformity within the underground music scene.
The Rise of Indie
Initially referring to recording studios, “indie” later extended to the music they produced. Even today, many indie artists remain autonomous, crafting music driven by originality rather than commercial success. Indie’s influence expanded beyond music to fashion and film.
In the mid-1990s, major labels took notice of indie music, particularly after the success of Nirvana’s debut album, “Bleach,” leading to a broader application of the term “indie” to artists with a similar sound.
Twee Pop: Defined by boy-girl harmonies and catchy melodies, twee pop emerged in 1986, celebrated for its simplicity and love-themed lyrics.
Shibuya-kei: Popular in 1990s Japan, bands like Pizzicato Five gained international recognition through independent labels, captivating indie pop enthusiasts worldwide.
Chamber Pop: Known for lush orchestration, chamber pop draws inspiration from musical luminaries like Brian Wilson and Burt Bacharach, enriching the indie pop landscape with its symphonic soundscapes.