Sophisti-pop (sophisticated pop) is a slick, expensive studio-produced style of pop heavy on the brass, synthesizers, smooth vocals and sharp, fitted suits. Influences range from the Doobie Brothers’ yacht rock, Steely Dan’s jazz/pop fusion, and virtually everything by David Bowie and Bryan Ferry from the ’80s to now.
Originated in the early ’80s out of the new wave movement by artists like ABC, Everything But the Girl, the Style Council and Prefab Sprout, it expanded into adult contemporary and quiet storm, thanks to chart-toppers Simply Red and Sade, respectively. The refined, clean production of Saint Etienne, Rhye and Jessie Ware have resurrected the term.
Just for hell of it…we love our 80’s stuff!! However shitty…. some of it is priceless!
Think Synthpop mixed with Jazz, ( Nothern) Soul, Bossa (and often a lot of 60’s thrown in) ..sleek hairdo’s and suits!
But also think 90’s easy-listening/ loungy revival stuff like Saint Ettienne, Louis Phillippe and the Divine Comedy.
Just sat back, relax , have a Martini, and enjoy the smooth sounds!
The Dreampop, Jangle & Twee Group initially was meant to be there also for Twee and Jangle fans, it gradually took a predominant penchant to current dreampop. Since there clearly is a resurgence in the janglepop, C86 , Tweepop genre, and we were working on the compilation that was to become “Reverse Play”, I figured it was time for a Tweepop group! I was aiming for a group that would not just share tracks but also picture , ideas, and articles. It is a group full of friendly people and some very quiet “royalty” that pop up from time to time….