Sometimes you’ll find yourself wide awake, falling into the rabbit hole of your mind when all that you’d desire is to shutdown and sleep. There is only one remedy and that is found within gentle vocal melodies and ethereal instrumentations, ranging from Justin Vernon to Uncle Neil Young.
With help from our friends at Endy, here are some recommendations and please let us know what your reliable album of choice is. #LoveSleep
Bon Iver – Bon Iver
Anybody in their twenties can agree that Bon Iver’s self-titled release is a guaranteed sleep inducer. Each song represents a place and the composition reflects those settings, geographically ranging in space. Honourable mention to the Polaris-nominated Colin Stetson for his woodwind contributions on this album.
The XX – The XX
The undeniable combination of Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim’s voices send your mind into blissful places of relaxation. With the minimalist back trip-hop beneath, it works as the perfect compliment to the excess of your day-to-day, grooving into the nighttime.
The Postal Service – Give Up
Ben Gibbard was riding a creative high in 2003 with Death Cab For Cutie’s Transatlanticism and this Postal Service side-project collaboration with Jimmy Tamborello. Featuring the vocals of Rilo Kiley’s Jenny Lewis, Give Up throws back to the synths and melodies of eighties pop and provides the balanced perspective to Gibbard’s Death Cab narrative. May we kindly suggest a double-shot of Give Up into Transatlanticism.
Beach House – Bloom
Beach House, the Baltimore-based dream pop duo, perfect the expectation set by their genre categorization. As Pitchfork described this collection of songs: “each one starting with the sizzle of a lit fuse and at some fine moment exploding like a firework in slow motion.” Bloom creates an atmosphere to drift away into.
Sigur Ros – Takk…
It’s near impossible to make it past the first half of the record, laying in your dark room, without falling asleep. Jonsi Birgisson’s falsetto will take you to unknown territory, tucking you in with lush Icelandic post-rock.
Frank Sinatra – In The Wee Small Hours
Old Blue Eyes sang about loneliness and heartache in response to his divorce from Nancy and troubled marriage to actress Ava Gardner in what is often considered to be one of the first concept albums. It sounds like late night revelations from a worn-out man with a delivery that is heavy and lost. You can hear him think.
Neil Young – Live At Massey
Recorded at Toronto’s Massey Hall in January 1971, Neil Young’s solo performance captures stark, fragile renditions of dust-covered songs of his catalog. His pacing, revealing early renditions of his Harvest-era catalogue, will delicately rock you into your slumber.
Massive Attack – Mezzanine
Dark explorations of time, emotional dance with some of the finest electronic production that there has ever been. Massive Attack are eerie, monstrous, revelatory and sexy enough to seduce you into the shadows before knocking you unconscious.
Radiohead – Kid A
Thom Yorke is the king of modern lullabies. While most of their discography could have made the list, the digitized vocals and dreamy soundscapes of commercial suicide stands out. It’s their abstract masterpiece.
Brian Eno – Ambient 1: Music For Airports
Brian Eno is a name that you might recognize for his production with on iconic albums with David Bowie, U2, Devo, Coldplay and the Talking Heads. His art school education has been stamped over some of the most familiar ambient sounds, but none of them are as identified as his aptly titled Ambient 1-4 series – a loose collection of impressions. The album was initially designed to be a sound installation, briefly successful at the Marine Air Terminal of New York’s LaGuardia airport in the 1980s. He has since remarked that the album is “intended to induce calm and space to think.”
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