Dream pop is a sub-genre of alternative rock music that emerged in the 1980s and is characterized by its ethereal and dreamy soundscapes. It often features heavily processed and layered instrumentation, including swirling guitar riffs, shimmering synths, and intricate drum patterns. The vocals in dream pop are often soft, wispy, and melancholic, and the lyrics often explore themes of nostalgia, introspection, and longing. Dream pop bands often incorporate elements of shoegaze, post-punk, and ambient music into their sound, creating a hazy and hypnotic atmosphere. Some well-known dream pop bands include Cocteau Twins, Mazzy Star, and Beach House.