We’re not usually big readers of the UK’s Daily Telegraph, but we did read with interest a recent report that UK band Marconi Union’s song “Weightless” has been proclaimed “the most relaxing tune ever.” The article claims that “scientists played the song to 40 women and found it to be more effective at helping them relax than songs by Enya, Mozart and Coldplay.” This doesn’t exactly sound like scientific proof to us, and although the song is certainly a pleasant, Eno-influenced piece of atmospheric ambience, it’s nothing revolutionary (if you want to hear it, you can head to another UK newspaper site, where it’s streaming). Either way, we were more concerned by the fact that the Torygraph claims it’s “more relaxing than Enya, Mozart and Coldplay,” as if those three artists were the yardstick by which a piece of music’s relaxing qualities should be measured. We’re not standing for any such nonsense, so here’s a Flavorpill relaxation playlist — next time you’re having trouble sleeping, give some of these tracks a spin and see if they help any!
Zelienople — “All I Want is Calm”
An appropriately titled song from one of Flavorpill’s favorite post-work sit-on-the-couch-and-de-stress records, namely Zelienople’s 2009 album Give It Up. Pretty much all the songs on this album share the curiously detached, disconnected feeling that pervades “All I Want is Calm” — we’ve always thought it would have made a lovely soundtrack for Gaspar Noé’s Enter the Void. Listen to it long enough and you may start to feel that you’re suddenly viewing the world from an entirely different place — a place where all the annoying shit that’s been occupying your mind suddenly doesn’t seem so important after all.