pom pom – Ariel Pink (2014)

pom pom - Ariel Pink (2014)

Ariel Pink does an amazing job at harkening back to the days of Frank Zappa, lo-fi, and new wave all while keeping pom pom new and exciting. Not that Zappa, lo-fi, or new wave aren’t exciting to begin with, but those styles kind of get old after awhile. Maybe it’s the synthesis of these genres, or maybe it’s just how weird this album is, but whatever it is pom pom is most definitely worth a listen.

Choice Cut: Put Your Number In My Phone

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Ambient 1: Music for Airports – Brian Eno (1978)

Ambient 1: Music for Airports – Brian Eno (1978)

I laughed a bit when I noticed this was the exact opposite of my previous recommendation. This is easily the most soothing album I have ever listened to and it is one of the only ones that I will suggest to all of you as background music. Study music, even. Brian Eno sought to make music that could defuse the tense, bustling atmosphere of an airport. The tunes are slow, subtly changing works that, strangely, work better when they fade in and out of your focus. This album is basically an anger management course, the perfectly mollifying listen.

Choice Cut: 1/1
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Oxygene – Jean Michel Jarre (1977)

Oxygene – Jean Michel Jarre (1977)

Genres
Electronic, Experimental

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Oxygene Part 2

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I find a certain charm in early electronic music. Analog synths tend to have an ethereal, VHS-like quality. Oxygene uses this quality to capture the spacy, sci-fi spirit of the then-young, burgeoning genre. It plays like the soundtrack to an epic journey into undiscovered territory (like electronic music in the 70s). Electronic music is often associated with dance, but this is a great example of the other side of the genre: the side often reserved for intellectuals interested in the boundless soundscapes that computers can create. Oxygene is that side encapsulated, a testament to the limitlessness of electronic music.

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