Once in a while I just need to take some time to zone out and do completely nothing. Sometimes life can be really hectic with school, parties, family and so on. Usually I will hang on my couch, or if the weather allows it outside, burn some incense and listen to some relaxing music.
I have collected five of my favorite “escapism” albums for you for when you want to turn on relaxation mode. (Spoiler alert: They’re all singer-songwriters. Coincidence?)
7 Layers by Dotan
When you are Dutch, this album is probably already familiar to you. After the success of the song “Home” (It has been played on Dutch radio stations like crazy) I came in touch with the rest of his music, and I still love to play it from time to time. The Dutch singer-songwriter released his second album in 2014. The percussive and soft acoustic guitar strum used in his songs are creating a cozy, trusty atmosphere.
Hozier by Hozier
If you have never heard of the song “Take me to church”, where have you been in 2015? I had to add this album to this list, as I still listen to it too frequently. The music sounds a little bit more dark and heavy than the previous one. I personally find this album great for reading.
Every Kingdom by Ben Howard
Campfires, fireflies and acoustic music. That is what comes to my mind when I think of this album. It is really easy to the ear, which I personally enjoy. I will listen to this when I am laying down outside in the sun. Warning: this music may increase your desire for long summer nights on the beach.
Wax Wings by Joshua Radin
I have to admit, I can’t listen to this every day. However, when I am in the mood for Wax Wings, it always increases my mood. The music has a lighthearted and sweet ambiance to it. I always used to listen to this album on those times when I was hopelessly in love!
Songs to Soothe by Jacqueline Govaert