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|Albums to Hear When It's Close to Bedtime|
When it's close to bedtime, the beta waves that are usually active in our brains while we are awake start to ebb away....slowly turning into alpha waves in our Stage 1 cycle, or "Drowsy stage" of sleep. It's crucial that 30 minutes before your bedtime, if you plan to listen to music, you make sure it's not going to disturb that transition. So no loud EDM, no screechy screamo, and no loud dubstep bwahs. But perhaps you still want a lower-wavelength, still beautiful set of tunes to listen to as you unwind. One that you can still respect artistically while you are peacefully lulled to sleep. Perhaps one that, like a lullaby, is a gentle story told with soothing voices and soundscapes. Well, you've come to the right place - these are my favorites. By now as you read into my very boring paragraph, you MUST be getting sleepier. I'd say this is a good start. Cue the music.
Happy Songs for Happy People
I would argue that while this album is still a little toned-down, it's one I would include in earlier in the night before you REALLY start to unwind. It's up this high on this list because it's one of Mogwai's best and post-rock in general is not a bad sleep agent. Completely instrumental as most post-rock is, there's no story just atmosphere. Still, the bass tones and guitars are quite quietly intense, especially in songs like "Moses? I Amnt" and "Stop Coming to my House". Atmospheric-wise, this album is like the Aurora over the arctic at night - deep and intense against a dark backdrop. It'll give you a sense of night, but excite you a little with wonder.
What's a sleep playlist without a piano album? Brian Crain is immensely talented with the keys. His collection of piano opuses are wonderful sleep material. With or without background rain, it's enjoyable. All the tracks are creative, touching and melodic, and almost all of them are named after seasons and elements, and it shows through in the music. As an example, the starter "Wind" is still whimsical though played in mostly in adagio. You can picture the fine images of these elements when you hear them. The seasonal snow falling gently in "snow", "Fire" spreading over a plain in "Fire", and usually they're reassuring - as if you're taking a moment to focus on the simple happenings of nature changing over time. Or well, you could just be enjoying good piano.
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Casualties of Cool
A very hard album to categorize, yet one that both inventive and relaxing. You will almost not believe that behind the curtain is Devin Townsend, fronts-man of crazy metal acts like Strapping Young Lad and the Devin Townsend Project. It's got elements of both country and blues, and is described by the creator himself as along the lines of "haunted Johnny Cash songs". I would have to agree. It's like it was recorded on a farm in outer space. Most of the songs are led with the smooth and beautiful voice of Ché Aimee Dorval, and some complementary vocals by Devin. Though he's a great vocalist, she steals the show on this album. Though I've already mentioned how hard it is to label, I can best describe it as a medley of soft and ambient blues rock and country rock, with a good combination of airy vocals by both Dorval and Townsend. It'll somehow manage to keep you both interested AND relaxed. I've fallen asleep to this many times, usually to beautiful tracks like "Flight" or "Moon/Pier".
We Slept at Last
This album will give you chills. Hackman doesn't use a lot of vocal range, but she matches the quality of the music. It's haunting, as if it's on another level of consciousness. It's like the sleepy ghost that's hiding just below the surface of slumber, the one that keeps reminding you of the saudade of old lovers in your dreams. I will be the first to admit the depressing turns it can take, especially lyric-wise. As an example, the songs "Skin" and "Undone, Undress" are a heartbreaking looks at self-image after losing or being used by a lover. It's morose. However, despite being a rather sad album, it's images are still beautiful, and absolutely somniferous. It's a good listen if you're tired and want to get to bed, but also have a number of sad emotions you wish to feel out as you fall asleep. It's an album with an occasion.
Tales Of Us
Ah, the crown jewel of the music lullaby. This is an unusual, yet glorious, project presented by Goldfrapp. Those familiar with Goldfrapp know that they're classified as trip-hop, and they usually get "dancy". Well, you won't find "dancy" here, and perhaps that's a disappointment for the seasoned fan of Goldfrapp. However, what you lose in dancy-ness you gain in lush storytelling. Allison Goldfrapp's staple-gun breezy vocals, and gentle electronic with a bit of soft acoustic instrumentation allow this to be a chilling yet relaxing album. Every song has a story, and almost all of them have a name. Whether you drift off to the melancholy tune of "Annabel", the bright and happy "Ulla", or any other song on the album , you will find yourself on a pleasant journey to dreamland, following the anthology of interesting strangers. It takes you away, perhaps to the same place where it took me to a house on a hill near the ocean, following the story of its residents over the years.
|First, let me express my admiration of your dedication to the craft of listing and thread making. Second, I would like to share my unfortunate situation. The situation being that I suffer a certain inability to sleep properly. It has already been a fifth night that I have not slept well. That is not to say that the quality of my sleep before that was anything outstanding. But this time around, I excess sweat, wake up in the middle of the night and receive crummy amount of actual fully fledged REM.|
I have tried medication and meditation and now I believe that next logical step in my attempts of finding a perfect knock out sleep helper is delve into depths of music.
For that purpose I need your help in finding that one perfect record that could help me with my dilemma. The question itself being: What musical album could possibly put someone to sleep guaranteedly?
Please and thank you.
|About 10 years ago black metal became my go-to for bedtime.|
|Atmo bm is great for bedtime.|
I really enjoy hearing ambient and shoegaze before bedtime
|Perfect fit for Sputnik haha|
|needa get around the atm bm // dark ambient // drone // gaze // funeral doom |
|This list is halfway done! I'm surprised to see comments already! I've just listed the ones I could think off of the top of my head to start with. For those of you who were suggesting other genres, I'm familiar with most of them, I think I know of a few good albums. I'll add em when I can. |
|@UniqueUniverse - that sounds serious. Usually added stress, dietary changes, changes in circadian rhythm can bring that around, and a doctor's help is useful. I'd start looking at what you changed in your lifestyle for your source. But otherwise, a lot of people like to sleep to white noise or ASMR. I suggest trying either one. Devin Townsend has the album "The Hummer" that is all white noise, and I'm sure there are others. There's a number of ASMR videos on youtube and one good album that I know of on Spotify, though ASMR isn't for everyone - see if it does anything for you. I've never been a great sleeper either, but there's always going to be something that works somehow. Also, if you can, cut the blue light before bed (unless you have already). Blue light undercuts all sleep medicine you take, btw. |