Sleeping soundly

by Kevin Aditya

There are times when you just can’t sleep, no matter how grueling your day was. Your eyes are closed but your mind is running a series of imagery of things you have to do as soon as you wake up — that is, if you can finally drown your head in deep sleep. I used to have it at times when schedules are running tight with tons of things to do (or vice versa, when I have infinitely nothing to do so I kinda refuse to sleep). But there’s always music to soothe the nerves. Some albums are just made to lull people to the alpha waves, and I do have my own selection too, that lately worked so well they send me sleeping in the middle of my doing the shitload of assignments… and I’d share the list so you can once again find some comfort.

Lullaby for the Working Class // Blanket Warm (1996)

What did you expect from a band with Lullaby in its name that created an album titled Blanket Warm? This Nebraska folk rock outfit were active from mid- to late-90’s, and Ted Stevens of Cursive fame in vocal might send you leaving the album due to his rough, wailing voice that at times seems to slip the rhythm, but overall the variety of slow guitars, ukulele and violin used creates more than an endearingly soft album.

Chick Corea // Now He Sings, Now He Sobs (1968)

Sitting among the most acclaimed jazz artist all the time, he was influential in expanding the electric fusion movement and jazz itself through his lifelong career. Yet I feel ashamed since what I could get most from his second album is as a melodic pillow to my ears, leaving behind most of his intricate plays on piano playing in my dreams. Well, any piano jazz would do.

Real Estate // Self-titled (2009)

There’s little to not love about this album, since nothing helps you to sleep like an auditory picturesque of an idyllic sunny day at a tropical beach the instant you play the first track, “Beach Comber”. This surf pop group should redefine the genre as sleep-like-a-log pop, with the exception of Surfer Blood…

The Silent League // But You’ve Always Been the Caretaker (2010)

The Brooklyn-based act might still be largely unheard of, but the Silent League has proven Justin Russo’s (of Mercury Rev fame) extravagant skill in crafting beautiful chamber/orchestral pop ballads with a multitude of instruments — while still calming enough as a bedtime lullaby. Not to mention the powerful cover of Electric Light Orchestra’s “Yours Truly, 2095”.

Letting Up Despite Great Faults // Movement (2006)

Ah, I know I’ve been bitching about the awesomeness of this band quite a lot lately, but while their glowing self-titled début remains one of my favorite albums ever, their first work titled Movement (EP) is my newfound lovechild of juvenile, adorable dream pop/electronica and a cushy pillow beneath blankets. The no-nonsense sleeper first track “Disasters Are Okay” bags drowsiness into my eyes even as I type. As the rest of the album stand strong on being musically lush, LUDGF keeps on pinning love in every of their fans’ heart.

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6 Comments to “Sleeping soundly”

  1. I find it amusing that the last five blogs I’ve stumbled upon all talked about sleeping and resting their mind. Hmm. I wonder if that’s the epidemic in Indonesia nowadays. Thanks for reference too, will be downloading them soon. 🙂

  2. I just deleted all my mp3, and now here you are sharing your — lullabies — list! What a temptation! lol. Anyway, I am a new reader of your blog. 🙂

  3. I just finished listening to Lullaby for the Working Class // Blanket Warm (1996). Ahem, I can’t describe it very well with my broken English, lol. Absolutely this is not my lullaby, hehe, even Good Night, but I do love the ‘night sounds’ they put at it. It’s quite different with real night actually. I mean, I came from very small village so I know it, lol. But it’s good enough.

    Agree bout the vocalist, his voice is kinda disturbing for me. Not bad but not for my ears. I remember watching ‘Once’ and I think their voice – the actor there – is quite similiar, (or just me?). Maybe if he – the vocalist – sing like that too, would be better, haha.

    Downloading ‘Chick Corea’ at the moment. 😀

    • I think Glen Hansard, who played in Once, is pretty much a suitable choice for playing the street musician guy in that flick. His soulful acting transcends his music, and ‘Falling Slowly’ is merely a soundtrack for their short, sweet love. Great artist though!

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