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Indie pop also typeset as indie-pop or indiepop is a music genre and subculture  that combines guitar pop with DIY ethic  in opposition to the style and tone of mainstream pop music. Compared to its counterpart, indie rock ,  the genre is more melodic, less abrasive, and relatively angst-free. Dolan, Popular Music . Both indie and indie pop had originally referred to the same thing during the late s. Inspired more by punk rock 's DIY ethos than its style, guitar bands were formed on the then-novel premise that one could record and release their own music instead of having to procure a record contract from a major label. Indie pop was an unprecedented contrast from the gritty and serious tones of previous underground rock styles, as well as being a departure from the glamour of contemporary pop music. One of those things was the idea that rock music was supposed to be cool — "cool" meaning sexy, tough, arty, fiery, or fantastical
As the dominance of guitar rock has faded among indie-leaning audiences, there has also been a spreading into the mainstream of sounds that would have been easily described as indie-pop a decade ago. Indie-pop styles show up in TV commercials, Hollywood movie soundtracks, and within mainstream pop and country hits. Take the music world as a whole, and seemed marked by the continual movement towards genre agnosticism or at least purposeful genre blurriness. When it came to daily music-listening, in I found fewer reasons to focus on any one particular genre, considering how many interesting and strange developments there have been in music of all stripes "indie" and "mainstream" , including music whose 'stripes' are hard to pin down. Instead of diminishing the importance of "indie pop" as a separate category, those trends do the opposite. It's the perfect time to shine a light on distinctive, idiosyncratic pop acts oriented towards DIY self-expression. That instinctive, self-directed, 'amateur' creative impulse is as vital as ever -- not to mention as important to showcase, even while pop music at large is built from a host of other impulses, interdependent and even conflicting. The artists on this list lean in varied directions, gaining inspiration from forbearers across the last few decades — post-punk sounds, the original UK 'indie-pop' scene, dream-pop, stylish pop hybrids e. None are content with replicating those inspirations wholesale; there's a pervasive sense of gleeful messing-about along with the reverence for the magic spark they felt when they heard their own favorite music the first time.