Editors’ Notes The meeting point of punk and psychedelia, shoegaze is a safe haven for introverts who’d rather make eye contact with their effects pedals than their audience. In the ‘80s, bands like The Jesus and Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine would douse their melodies in waves of narcotic distortion until only the faintest traces remained (a practice that’s informed alt-rock icons Smashing Pumpkins and black-metal messiahs Deafheaven alike). But peers like Galaxie 500 and Cocteau Twins pursued a quieter path to self-obliterating ecstasy, giving rise to the beautifully enigmatic dream-pop sound that endures through the soft-focus indie of Beach House.

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