Music for when you need to just zone out and write

I recently asked my Facebook friends for some new music suggestions. I was particularly looking for music and artists they listened to when the coffee’s wearin’ thin and they’re in desperate need of some focus. The response was overwhelming and I had to share. Here’s the full list. Happy listening! Get back to work! It’s not the weekend… yet…


Classical. Baroque to be specific.

Bossa Nova (multiple votes!)

John Coltrane’s album “Blue Train”

Sonny Rollins’s album “The Bridge”


Beethoven’s Seventh by the London Symphony

Spotify’s Brain Food playlist

Tycho (multiple votes!)

God Speed You Black Emperor (multiple votes!)


Sigur Ros

Miles Davis

Phish (studio albums only!)

Pretty Lights

Aphex Twin (multiple votes!)


Astrud Gilberto

Sergio Mendes

Walter Wanderly

The New Pornographers’s new album “Whiteout Condition”

The High Art soundtrack

Miles Davis’s album “Kind of Blue”


Beach House (multiple votes!)

Explosions in the Sky (multiple votes!)

The End of the Ocean

Washed Out


The Social Network soundtrack


Bon Iver

Olafur Arnalds

Max Richter

Nils Frahm

The Zelda Soundtrack

Spotify’s Vietnam War Era Music

Iron & Wine

Spotify’s RetroWave/ Outrun playlist


New Brighton’s album “Sketches”

Handel’s “Water Music”

James Horner


Prefuse 73

Lemon Jelly (my favorite so far!)

Mingus or other jazz

Haim’s album “Something to Say”

Toubab Krewe’s self titled album

Townes Van Zandt

Colter Wall

Son House

Devendra Banhart

Milk & Bone

Erik Satie


Boards of Canada

Do Make Say Think

Vitamin String Quartet

The Pride and Prejudice soundtrack

Clutchy Hopkins

The Speedbumps’s new album “When the Darkness Comes”

Lo-fi Chill Out YouTube channels

Frodus’s album “And We Washed our Weapons in the Sea”

This Will Destroy You


The Dirty Heads’s album “A Port in Any Storm”

Amelie soundtrack

Maurice Ravel

Russian Circles

Purity Ring (“Also good for casting spells,” my girl Abernathy)

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