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music to fall asleep to

Post by Yex » Wed Jan 01, 2014 12:22

For those of you that listen to music whilst you drift off to sleep, what does the trick? For me it's usually one of the following: mediaeval music, classical music (western or Indian), jazz, various ambient things (especially Music for Airports by Brian Eno), Kraftwerk (Autobahn's good), something acoustic and sweet-sounding (lately Homemade Ship by Rose Melberg), or... Beach House. Without exception, if I am lying in bed and put a Beach House album on, I'm out like a light. For a while, if I or my girlfriend were driving and song off the album Devotion came on, it had to be skipped, because we had heard that album so many times as we were drifting off to sleep that the sound rendered us into a drowsy stupor.
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Post by a layer of chips » Wed Jan 01, 2014 12:41

I used to make tapes of stuff to fall to sleep to. There was a lot of Slowdive on there as I remember.

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Post by humblebee » Wed Jan 01, 2014 12:59

That Charlotte Gainsbourg album, what's it called, 5:55? Lovely. Although possibly a bit too SEXY in parts.

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Re: music to fall asleep to

Post by linus » Wed Jan 01, 2014 13:47

haiku salut, lullatone, füxa , windy and carl, flowchart, movietone, mount eerie (both movietone and mount eerie have certain pieces of music that may wake you up with a start), 'from gardens where we feel secure' by virginia astley (perhaps more of a record to wake up to)... all of those have worked... I really like that place between waking and sleep when you're aware of sounds, music... it's a liminal state, between places, I like it, I like experiencing music there

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Re: music to fall asleep to

Post by leon » Wed Jan 01, 2014 13:54

The 'And She Closed Her Eyes' LP by Stina Nordenstam has been my occasional insomnia cure for 20 years now.

As a youth I liked the last song on the original (ie without Sit Down on it) Gold Mother by James but I forget what its called.*

The White Noise Revisited by Boo Radleys is a nice one to nod off to as well.

*edit: Its the last song on side one I meant - Crescendo.
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Post by lloydybwoy » Wed Jan 01, 2014 16:21

Slowdive (especially Pygmalion), Eno and anything with Hope Sandoval.

And those hour-long new age recordings of waves.

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Post by Icebat » Wed Jan 01, 2014 20:02

I always used to listen to pre-Bleed American Jimmy Eat World to get to sleep, especially Goodbye Sky Harbor.

These days I get to sleep pretty easily anyway, so don't need any help from music, but I have definitely fallen asleep - unintentionally - listening to new albums by The National, Still Corners and The Smith Westerns for the first time recently. Which I guess isn't a good sign. (Nah, they were all ok really)

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Post by nicolnicol » Wed Jan 01, 2014 20:19

I've been listening to a lot of American folk, jazz and popular songs from the 20s and 30s as I fall asleep lately. So much joy.
This compilation especially:
http://dusttodigital.bandcamp.com/album ... 0s-and-30s

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Post by Yex » Wed Jan 01, 2014 22:07

lloydybwoy wrote:And those hour-long new age recordings of waves.
Yeah, new age music was pretty much made to put people to sleep. I like the ambient stuff with whale songs mixed in.
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Re: music to fall asleep to

Post by tompony » Wed Jan 01, 2014 22:44

There's a thing on Spotify that is an hour or so of (quite good) ambient music with cat purrs mixed into it. I think it's called "relax with cats". I've fallen asleep to that quite a lot. Even though I have an actual cat who performs the same basic service.

I used to fall asleep to Helios all the time, particularly this album which is gorgeous.

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Post by richpassivity » Thu Jan 02, 2014 09:02

'Millions Now Living Will Never Die' by TORTOISE was my go to sleep to album of choice in the mid-90s & that was the only times I listened to it. So much so that when I played it recently for the first time in years, it didn't sound familiar apart from the really long opening track!
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Post by timahall » Tue Jan 07, 2014 14:18

I don't listen to music before I fall asleep any more but The Softies used to do the trick. And Lullatone of course, that's kind what their music is for.

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Re: music to fall asleep to

Post by tompony » Fri Feb 13, 2015 10:06

Has anyone else heard Jeff Bridges' "Sleeping Tapes" album that came out this month? It's "pay what you want", all proceeds to charity.

http://www.dreamingwithjeff.com/

I haven't tried falling asleep to it yet, but it's absolutely wonderful, especially if you like gentle surrealism, the voice of Jeff Bridges, and things that have no real business existing but you're really pleased that they do.

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