Let your mind unfold to these seriously chilled-out ambient deep cuts.
While we’re definitely not ones to hold back from a session of infectious dance floor grooves, there also comes a time when you want to put your feet up and drift off to far away places. Some of the world’s great ambient records, like Aphex Twin‘s volumes of Select Ambient Works or Gas‘ Pop are built around short-form vignettes of sumptuous textures, tones and melody. But while these are undoubted masterpieces of the genre, sometimes you want your aural holiday to last longer than just a couple of minutes. That’s where the long-form ambient album comes in.
These albums feature tracks that often last 40 minutes in length—or, at least, gapless playback between its constituent pieces—and they’ll fling you head-first into their unique cosmos where you can linger and explore for an extended period of time. Some of the great ambient musicians have all experimented with this format, including Wolfgang Voigt, Eliane Radigue, Pete Namlook and Luc Ferrari, so there’s a lot of listening to be had. Thankfully, a fertile discussion has begun on Reddit trying to uncover some of the best examples of the style. We’ve put some of our favorites below, but be sure to head to the chatroom to find more tracks for your brain to zen out to.