As underground music seeped into Taiwan's youth culture in 80's it became popularly known as "New Music" among music writers and fans in the local scene. By the 90's, Taiwanese New music groups sprouted offering a homegrown take on a diverse number of styles including punk, post-rock, Britpop and of course, indie pop. Over the years, many artists touching on folk, jazz, new wave and power pop have been placed under the indie pop umbrella. Popular singers like Cheer Chen and Sandee Chen, who started as independent artists, have managed to achieved island-wide success while playing ghost on the indie/mainstream border. Tizzy Bac, a piano pop trio that became instantly popular has influenced many bands to apply synthesized sounds to rock music in unique ways. Some girl bands including Braces and Peppercats opt for a jumpier cutesy sound, and labels like Silent Agreement have promoted the genre across the island with festivals and CD releases. While the Taiwanese scene is ever-changing, indie pop bands remain beloved as much for their carefree spirit as for their ability to adapt to new trends.
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