I don't get it. Someone please explain to me the appeal of shoegaze, dreampop, noise, and all these other genres of music that just have layers upon layers of shit on top of the actual music. I feel like I'm missing something because I just don't like it.
Cuz it's not shit it's different sounds put on top of each other to create a wall of sound? That way there's auite a bit to digest at once due to how much is going on, making the music interesting and the atmosphere that develops as a result/the lyrics contribute to the emotional aspect.
You tend to usually have music that either has a lot of musical nuances to make the songwriting itself interesting while kinda not being that emotional (most progressive rock, certain pieces of art music). There also tends to be music brimming with emotion but tends to be simplistic on the musical side (singer songwriter type folk, ITAOTS, The Pixies.)
But then you got the greatest stuff that has both a lot of musical nuance and emotion. This is where Bach's Mass In B Minor belongs. This is where Robert Wyatt's Rock Bottom belongs. This is where My Bloody Valentine's Loveless belongs, too.
As for the other stuff in shoegaze/dream pop where there isn't always layers and layers of stuff, it's about the atmosphere more than anything. It gives that typical indie rock atmosphere more of a "damn this is beautiful I want to be lost in this" instead of the usual "I am a wimpy talentless hipster fuck but see that's so charming!" bullshit.
This guy pretty much gets it.
But just in case, OP, I'll spell it out for you:
Not everyone likes everything. If you don't like it, you just don't. There's rarely anything to "get" here, and it's not our job, or anyone else's but yours if you so choose, to make you like it.
it's not meant for your generation to "get"... if you were alive and of a certain age at the time this music was released, it spoke to you and probably still speaks to you. if not, the best you could hope for is to try to appreciate it like you would appreciate a painting in a museum... in the same way, people of my generation cant hope to fully understand and appreciate artists who define today's generation such as... hmmm... i dont knoww... demi lovato maybe.. or that ed whathisname guy - the ginger
sleep deprivation helps
actually tho i first started liking shoegaze after playing Spacemen 3 - TDTMMTDT (ok I realize this isn't 100% shoegaze) at full volume in my car driving home from Cafe Brazil at 5 in the morning after writing a term paper
Spacemen 3 is the best sleep deprivation band ever, listening to The Perfect Prescription while on a cold October walk at about 2 am is the greatest musical experience I've ever had