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List of Chillwave Bands and Artists : Vote for your favorites.

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Chillwave (originally called "glo-fi" or "hypnagogic pop") is a music microgenre that emerged in the late 2000s. It is characterized by a faded or dreamy retro pop sound, escapist lyrics about the beach or summertime, psychedelic or lo-fi textures, mellow vocals, low-to-moderate tempos, effects processing (reverb especially), vintage synthesizers, and other attempts to loosely emulate 1980s electronic pop aesthetics as well as engage with notions of memory and nostalgia.

Sometimes regarded as a "made-up" genre, chillwave was one of the first music genres to develop primarily through the Internet. The term was coined in mid 2009 by the satirical blog Hipster Runoff, referring to recent indie music that sounded "like something that was playing in the background of 'an old VHS cassette that u found in ur attic from the late 80s/early 90s.'" Its vanguard was represented by the one-man acts Neon Indian, Washed Out, and Toro y Moi, who gained critical attention through 2009's "Summer of Chillwave". Washed Out's 2009 track "Feel It All Around" remains the genre's definitive and best-known song.

The term was criticized for being nebulous and contrived by various media publications, while the music was often derided for its reliance on nostalgia. Some artists rejected the tag, while many exploited the style's low-budget simplicity, which led to an oversaturation of acts. The movement soon dissipated, and the style effectively fell out of vogue by 2011. Another Internet-based microgenre, vaporwave, subsequently derived from chillwave.

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