Study Tunes

Need something pretty and relaxing to revise to? Try these albums...

Aphex Twin: Selected Ambient Works 85–92
Richard D. James’ first record as Aphex Twin has been hailed as “the birthplace and the benchmark of modern electronic music” (Warp). An odyssey of dreamy techno, SAW is the perfect soundtrack to a spell of late-night studying.
Sample track:   “Ageispolis”


The Necks: Sex

Australia’s best-kept secret is The Necks, a prolific jazz trio. Their 1989 album Sex is a wonderfully hypnotic piece, which sees the drums and double-bass provide a strong musical foundation for the cascades of piano.
Sample track:   It’s all one track, homie.


Casualties of Cool : Casualties of Cool

Devin Townsend took a break from extreme metal with his recent project, Casualties of Cool. Described as “haunted Johnny Cash songs” and “late night music”, Casualties of Cool sees Townsend deliver an album of gorgeous country and deep-space ambience. The vocals of Ché Aimee Dorval are otherworldly.
Sample track: “Moon”


Nicolas Jaar: Space Is Only Noise

Nicolas Jaar’s Space Is Only Noise feels like a diary, full of pensive lyrics and musical ideas that have been scribbled down. Most songs feature scatterings of piano, electronica and perhaps a melancholic vocal. The resulting album is fragmented and deeply personal.
Sample track:  “Colomb”


Godspeed You! Black Emperor: F#A# Infinity

The debut album from Godspeed You! Black Emperor is a post-rock masterpiece. An album of sparse, post-apocalyptic beauty, F# A# Infinity will provide a deliciously dark soundtrack to your revision.
Sample track:  “The Dead Flag Blues”


Boards of Canada : The Campfire Headphase

Though the Scottish duo’s least remarkable effort, The Campfire Headphase is probably Boards of Canada’s prettiest album. Soft-focus synthesizers and break-of-dawn acoustics swim together in a lush aquarium of sound.
Sample track:  “Dayvan Cowboy”

This article first appeared in Issue 13, 2015.
Posted 1:42pm Sunday 24th May 2015 by Basti Menkes.