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From Brian Eno to Sufjan Stevens: A playlist of chill out music to keep you calm

During this period of uncertainty, a time in our lives that arrives as an unprecedented period of a global health crisis, we all need to find a momentary period of relief. The current pandemic has wreaked havoc to the economy, to social lives, to the families who have been fatally wrapped up in the rising death tolls. While headlines continue to deliver the negative news with almost unrelenting pace, it is easy to become bogged down in the dire situation.

“Listening to music is soothing and has often been associated with controlling patient-reported pain or anxiety and acutely reducing blood pressure,”, Prof. Pietro A. Modesti once said as part of a study which explored the benefits of relaxing music. “But for the first time, today’s results clearly illustrate the impact daily music listening has on ABP. We can now confidently explore music listening as a safe, effective, non-pharmacological treatment option or a complement to therapy.”

With many mental health charities struggling to cope with the extra demand, anxiety levels are stretching to new heights and a period of prolonged lockdown amid strict social distancing measures can start to take its toll. Social engagement in the traditional sense has changed, the working routine of those able to remain home has altered and the ability to find a calm moment of escapism is proving to be one extra challenge.

Here, we are presenting a four-hour playlist of music to allow your mind to relax.

With the likes of Brian Eno, Yo La Tengo, David Bowie, Mac DeMarco and more, the playlist arrives with equal measures of ambient sounds as well as tracks to maintain slightly more intrigue.

“Ambient music must be able to accommodate many levels of listening attention without enforcing one in particular; it must be as ignorable as it is interesting,” Eno once said and that is exactly what this playlist hopes to achieve. |I believe that singing is the key to long life, a good figure, a stable temperament, increased intelligence, new friends, super self-confidence, heightened sexual attractiveness, and a better sense of humour,” he added.

“When I started working on ambient music, my idea was to make music that was more like painting.”

Take some time, relax, let your mind wander.