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[mass noun] A style of rock music characterized by a sound in which the distinctions between separate instruments and vocals are blurred:‘we're influenced by an array of different genres ranging from shoegazing to 90s acid house’‘a rich sound that encompasses elements of shoegaze, psychedelia, and krautrock’[as modifier] ‘a post-punk shoegaze band’
- ‘Now, over ten years later, shoegaze is enjoying something of a renaissance.’
- ‘You can chart a gradual progression from the comforting confines of shoegaze towards a disturbing mish-mash of fuzzed-up guitars and dark drum patterns.’
- ‘Guitar-based shoegaze records are tough sells these days.’
- ‘It was not influenced by shoegazing as a genre, but rather as a principle.’
- ‘They've created a much heavier and diverse album this time around, with influences ranging from shoegaze to goth rock and death metal.’
- ‘Recalling the murky, effects-laden shoegazing of the early '90s, the sophomore album by Seattle duo Tagging Sattelites is quite the retro affair.’
- ‘Some of those shoegaze bands sounded great.’
- ‘But shoegazing is not exactly Pete's style.’
- ‘The link between electronica and shoegazing is made more explicit every day.’
- ‘Now the history books tell us grunge killed off shoegazing.’
1990s: from the supposed tendency of the performers to look down (especially in order to operate guitar effects pedals) rather than at the audience.
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