Here at Far Out, CALM is a charity very close to the heart. We believe in music’s healing power and as such we have proudly partnered with the mental health and wellbeing charity for our regular feature, Doctor’s Orders. It would seem that London Grammar share in this stance of music’s ability to provide a boon to life when it is needed most.
The group have teamed up with CALM for following their second consecutive number one album released back on the 16th of April, Californian Soil, to produce “three mediative reimaginings of songs from their new album.”
The new ambient mixes will be available exclusively on CALM from Thursday, April 29, 2021, at 10:00 am BST.
The tracks chosen were three of the most scintillatingly beautiful on the original record, with ‘All My Love,’ ‘Californian Soil’ and ‘Lord It’s A Feeling’ and they clock in at 15, 30 and 60 minutes respectively.
As long-time supporters of Calm, London Grammar guitarist Dan Rothman explained: “I was always a bad sleeper when I was young. I was scared of the dark, and constantly had nightmares. My anxiety around sleep lasted until my mid-20s. When I learnt about meditation and mindfulness it really helped me understand sleep and how to deal with those difficult moments when it evades me.”
While keyboardist and drummer Dot Major added: “I’ve been a perennial sufferer of sleepless nights since I can remember. As a child I would listen to Chopin and later on Thomas Newman to help me sleep. There was always a song in ‘Road to Perdition’ by Thomas Newman that would wake me up abruptly and as it was before the days of playlisting I would suffer the same fate often. Here is something to help you sleep, I’ve made sure there’s nothing jarring in there. Just cyclical rhythms and harmony that hopefully appeals to your senses in the most soporific way.”
As the press release states: “Through Calm Music, artists are given the opportunity to collaboratively and creatively showcase their artistry and create music that helps listeners sleep better, relax easier and focus stronger,” with these spiritually mediative mixes London Grammar have achieved that with sanguine aplomb.
You can check out the mixes and more on www.calm.com.