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