“Atomos VI”- A Winged Victory For The Sullen

This latest composition by A Winged Victory For The Sullen, the collaborative duo of L.A. composer Dustin O’Halloran and Stars Of The Lid founder Adam Wiltzie, is a dark, yet gentle cinematic soundscape that’s at once haunting, captivating, and soothing. It presents the listener with a beautiful balance of dynamics that heighten the drama and the storyline that plays out within the instrumentation.

Bonobo- “Duals”

Bonobo has always been one of my go to artists for “late night chill out” music that stands out among the massive amount of bland, forgettable stuff that exists in that genre. And while this new track, “Duals,” doesn’t exactly disappoint, it’s not nearly as compelling or as interesting as the material from his 2013 album “The North Borders.” Still, with its smooth, rather simple arrangements, it is a great track to put on late at night when you’re in the mood for something chill, but just a little bit funky and hypnotic.

This Will Destroy You- “Dustism”

Texas post-rockers This Will Destroy You are set to release “Another Language,” their first LP since 2011’s “Tunnel Blanket” on 9/16. “Dustism,” the first single from the album, is now available to stream. The song takes an interesting, compelling trajectory. It starts slow and steady, with an almost soothing wall of sound that gradually builds in intensity. It then fades way back to near silence before building back up again to a swelling climax.

If you like instrumental/ post-rock in the style of Explosions In The Sky, you’ll definitely want to listen to “Dustism” at least a few times in a row.

Chill Instrumental Playlists

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I’ve had some requests lately for the chill instrumental playlists I use sometimes in my classes, so here they are in one post. It’s not just music for yoga, it’s good, chill, mostly electric stuff that can be used as background/chillout music anywhere. Feel free to click on the link then “follow” them on spotify.

My favorite one ever is the first one listed:

http://open.spotify.com/user/michaelbmann/playlist/2qGmz4oW6bYiJun9sQAZjh

http://open.spotify.com/user/michaelbmann/playlist/1tmdZieIRTXxxTmq4lEVU5

http://open.spotify.com/user/michaelbmann/playlist/72ZHxxz2G8Qb8qh1UI5oY1

http://open.spotify.com/user/michaelbmann/playlist/6VyAtKTC7omkZvHi6V8x2U

http://open.spotify.com/user/michaelbmann/playlist/7xckTShHoBuxadx4n4Qj63

http://open.spotify.com/user/michaelbmann/playlist/3LvXeZMpeGh3FKTnTJ4Il4

Explosions in the Sky & Eluvium team up for “Inventions”

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If you’re into chill instrumental rock or if you’re a fan of Explosions in the Sky, you’re in for a treat. Mark Smith from Explosions in the Sky and Matthew Cooper, an ambient artist who records under the alias “Eluvium,” have joined forces to create a new project called “Inventions.”

Their self titled album, due out on April 1, is now available to stream via NPR.

http://www.npr.org/2014/03/23/291420148/first-listen-inventions-inventions#playlist

Tycho’s “Awake” Streaming on NPR

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Tycho is one of my favorite artists in the chillwave/dreampop/ambient electronica/whatever you want to call that genre. His music can definitely chill me out and uplift me at the same time. He’s right up there with artists like The Album Leaf and I use him frequently for yoga playlists.

If you’re looking for some good mood music to chill to or maybe move to, stream his upcoming album, “Awake” on NPR.

http://www.npr.org/2014/03/02/282129737/first-listen-tycho-awake