To use the word hectic in describing the state of the world is a bit of an understatement. For us university students, we are juggling around work, school, and household duties, so it is important for us to constantly remind ourselves to take a breather and relax. One of the ways that I relax is by listening to music, specifically ambient music. Here are some of my favorites. Enjoy!
1) Brian Eno - Ambient 1: Music for Airports (1978)
The classic that started it all. In 1978, artist and musician, Brian Eno, composed this very influential work as a way to alleviate the anxious atmosphere of the airport terminal. Composed via tape loops, the calm sounds of pianos, vocals, and synthesizers come together in harmony to provide an atmosphere that is present, yet not overpowering.
2) How to Disappear Completely - Mer De Revs (2017)
A very recent addition to the library of ambient music, How to Disappear Completely presents us with their very first installment of "sleep music." The sound mostly consists of spacious, reverb heavy synthesizer textures that fluctuate in and out of space. One of my personal favorites for doing homework and/or reading because the sound is never too busy. Be sure to check out the rest of their sleep music installments!
3) Eluvium - False Readings On (2016)
One of my favorites to listen to while doing nothing. Slightly busier than the aforementioned projects, False Readings On includes more classical instrumentation (strings, operatic voices, etc.) which feels extremely warm and life-affirming. Also, some of the best album art in the industry.