Music to zone out to
September 29, 2019 2:40 PM   Subscribe

It has recently become my practice when visiting Canada to partake of a strain of indica known as MK Ultra, put in earphones and get lost in good music. I am seeking music to add to my current playlist. Stereo-field shenanigans are especially good. (I have seen the previous question on this topic.)
posted by Johnny Wallflower to Media & Arts (15 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
I’m all about getting lost in shoegaze, mainly
Catherine Wheel (the whole Ferment Album),
and anything Swervedriver has ever done.
posted by Champagne Supernova at 2:58 PM on September 29, 2019 [2 favorites]

They're pretty different than your playlist, but Alt-J are nicely enhanced by various substances.
posted by Candleman at 3:16 PM on September 29, 2019 [2 favorites]

Looking at your list, you got some crazy genre hopping going on there, (CSN next to NIN!)

So take it fwiw, but here's some good stereo fun:
posted by jeremias at 3:18 PM on September 29, 2019 [2 favorites]

For whatever reason, one of my all-time favorite zoned-out stoned songs is Go or Go Ahead by Rufus Wainwright.
posted by sugar and confetti at 3:41 PM on September 29, 2019 [1 favorite]

Seeing the Twin Peaks theme on your list also reminded me of No Stars by Rebekah del Rio.
posted by sugar and confetti at 3:43 PM on September 29, 2019 [1 favorite]

I have always liked Coil's The Snow for this.
posted by contraption at 6:18 PM on September 29, 2019 [1 favorite]

All of the recommendations will be for albums with one song linked as an example.

The Congos - Heart of the Congos. Example: Congo Man.
Stereolab - Dots and Loops. Example: Diagonals.
Jim O'Rourke - Eureka. Example: Women of the World.
Talk Talk - Laughing Stock. Example: New Grass.
Neu! - 75. Example: Isi.
posted by TrialByMedia at 6:59 PM on September 29, 2019 [2 favorites]

The xx's self-titled album
posted by Sparky Buttons at 8:03 PM on September 29, 2019 [1 favorite]

Mezzanine by Massive Attack.

I can’t see your playlist so apologies if this is already on there.
posted by backwards guitar at 7:11 AM on September 30, 2019 [3 favorites]

Exciting to see your playlist - I'm looking forward to having a listen! Here's a few that I like that fit your description:

- Jon Hopkins - Light Through the Veins
- Tortoise - It's All Around You
- Sigur Ros - Gobbledigook
- Gold Panda - Quitter's Raga
posted by a good beginning at 9:20 AM on September 30, 2019 [1 favorite]

You may be a good candidate for experiencing Giant Steps by The Boo Radleys. Such a fantastic early 90s album.
posted by homesickness at 9:45 AM on September 30, 2019 [2 favorites]

Kamasi Washington! Flying Lotus!
posted by zeusianfog at 4:12 PM on September 30, 2019 [2 favorites]

My recent favorites in this vein (half of which I’ve found through other Asks):

Stereolab, Anonymous Collective
Janelle Monáe, Don’t Judge Me
XTC, Summer’s Cauldron/Grass
Earth, Hung From the Moon
Wooden Shjips, Outta My Head
Shuggie Otis, Aht Uh Mi Hed
Madeleine Peyroux, You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
Nouvelle Vague, Love Will Tear Us Apart
Koo Nimo, Yaa Amponsah
Harald Grosskopf, Synthesist
Yo La Tengo, Ohm
Kosmischer Laüfer, Für Seelenbinder
The Orb, Little Fluffy Clouds
Lonnie Smith, Love Bowl
posted by miles per flower at 10:43 AM on October 1, 2019 [1 favorite]

If you have Spotify, you're welcome to sample my 6+ hour Definitive Sleepytime playlist, which meets your ask pretty well IMO.


Enya -- Watermark and The Longships
Air -- La femme d'argent and Talisman
FC Kahuna -- Hayling
Ulrich Schnauss -- Knuddlemaus, Between Us and Them
Zero 7 -- Red Dust
Dead Can Dance -- Yalunga and The Carnival Is Over
Jon (Anderson) and Vangelis -- He Is Sailing
Royksopp -- Royksopp Forever
Thievery Corporation -- Lebanese Blonde
Massive Attack -- Teardrop
posted by DrAstroZoom at 2:29 PM on October 1, 2019 [2 favorites]

The recent hippiebear Yes FPP has ignited some replays of the ProgRock of my youth and I'm wondering, are you familiar with early Genesis, when Peter Gabriel was in? Give The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway a listen, maybe; or "Selling England By The Pound." And don't forget Supper's Ready!
posted by Rash at 1:12 PM on October 3, 2019 [1 favorite]

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