Quiet Music for Unquiet Times

In August of 2019, I contributed a playlist to Qobuz consisting of some of my favorite quiet(er) music. Below I’ve recreated most of the playlist with YouTube videos — with a hanging curveball or two thrown in.

Perhaps some subdued background (or foreground, even) sounds are called for during uncertain times.

You’ll find music from Brian Eno, Durutti Column, Nils Frahm, Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka, Keith Kenniff, Adam Bryanbaum Wiltze, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Gavin Bryars, The Dead Texan, Harold Budd, David Sylvian, Michael Brook, David Bowie, Hildur Guðnadóttir, Stars of the Lid, Arvo Pärt, A Winged Victory for the Sullen, and others.

I hope these songs might not only pitch in to soothe you and your household, but also offer some possible starting points for the exploration of some artists that could… well, use more exploring.

Yours in music, always,



Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka Lion Theme

Nils Frahm Ambre

Keith Kenniff Everywhere

The Durutti Column Prayer

Max Richter On the Nature of Daylight

Jóhann Jóhannsson They Imagine the City Growing out Into the Ocean

Christina Vantzou Going Backwards to Recover That Which Was Left Behind

A Winged Victory for the Sullen Steep Hills of Vicodin Tears (live)

A Winged Victory for the Sullen Requiem For The Static King Part One

Gavin Bryars Ensemble The Sinking Of The Titanic (Live Bourges)

Brian Eno Fullness Of Wind (Variation On ‘The Canon In D Major’ By Johann Pachelbel)

Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie Lithium, The New Era

The Dead Texan When I See Scissors, I Cannot Help But Think Of You

Harold Budd and Brian Eno Not Yet Remembered

David Sylvian Home

Michael Brook Midday

David Bowie Art Decade

A Winged Victory for the Sullen Atomos VII

Stars of the Lid That Finger on Your Temple Is the Barrel of My Raygun

Hildur Gudnadottir Heyr Himnasmiður

Philip Glass Opening

Arvo Pärt Spiegel im Spiegel