Indie Pop

Indie pop is a subgenre of alternative music that emerged in the mid-1980s of the 20th century. Scottish post-punk bands such as Orange Juice, Josef K, and others are often cited as its progenitors.

Not at All Like the Others

Independent studios emerged in the 1970s and 1980s, when it was hard to make a movie or record a song without the cooperation of large corporations. The term “indie” comes from these studios.

The proliferation of independent recording facilities allowed many artists to make albums, experiment with sound, and create new variations on existing musical genres. They were committed to creative originality, did not conform to social norms, and were mostly representative of the underground.

The Growth of Indie

At first, the word “indie” did not refer to subgenres of music, but rather to recording studios. It wasn’t until much later that the term began to be applied to the merchandise sold by such companies, as well as to the music itself.

Even today, many indie artists produce albums without any help. The consensus is that their sound is less pop and more free and creative. It is believed that indie artists make music for themselves and their friends, not to make money or gain fame.

The indie style also spread to a variety of other fields, including the fashion and film industries.

In the mid-1990s, major corporations began to take a significant interest in independent music. This happened after Nirvana finished recording their first album, Bleach, which was a phenomenal success.

The term “indie” began to be applied to any artist whose sound was comparable to that of well-known songs.

Comparable Genres

Twee Pop

The origins of twee pop can be traced back to 1986. Boy-girl harmony, catchy melodies and love lyrics are some defining elements of twee pop music, which is characterized by its uncomplicated nature.


Shibuya-kei is a fashion that was popular in Japan in the 1990s, and many of its bands were released in the United States by prominent independent record labels such as Matador and Grand Royal.

This contributed to the genre’s widespread popularity among indie-pop fans. Of all the Japanese bands active at the time, Pizzicato Five came the closest to becoming a successful band in the United States.

Chamber Pop

A subgenre of indie pop known for its lush orchestration is called chamber pop. Brian Wilson and Burt Bacharach were two of Louis Philip’s main musical influences.

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