60 Songs, 30 Days: Day 10 – A Song That Makes You Fall Asleep

Seeing as the writers of aDeadKid have some complimentary tastes in music, both of us are taking a shot at the popular Tumblr survey “30 Songs in 30 Days” list.  So get ready for a shitload of name-dropping and youtube clips as Brian and Matt proudly give you their 60 Songs in 30 Days…

Day 10 – A Song That Makes You Fall Asleep

Matt: Sometimes I listen to music while in bed waiting to fall asleep. I have a hard time passing out at night, so I like to try and relax myself once I’m lying there in the dark. Obviously this means I normally listen to calm, dreamy tracks, and the song I am posting doesn’t necessarily make me fall asleep, but I have fallen asleep to it a few times in the past. I don’t think there is any song out there that literally makes me fall asleep, so I am doing what I can.

Essay’s “Love & Air” is a beautiful track that contains elements of ambient floated over a slow steady beat. I really like the song, and I fall asleep to it because it is so mellow, not because it’s boring.

Brian: This is an easy one.  Because, I remember falling to sleep to this song on purpose a few times.  Junior Boys has this sort of ambient  (<- lower-case “a”), calming effect, and this is J.B. at their dreamiest.  There’s the echo-heavy plink that flows through the song, accompanied by soft electro thuds and the atmospheric falsetto.  I have two favorite parts of the song.  First at about 2:40 when most of the mix drops off and you can hear a little typewriter/clock-tick under the song you never heard before, but then you definitely notice if for the rest of the track.  Then, the other part, which may be up there with some of my favorite sonic moments of any song, at  3:50 the mix drops back down while echo-plink takes center stage, and the vocals go all Hurdy Gurdy, and thenn when everything kicks back in about 30 seconds later, it’s just a swelling, transcendent, soothing moment… a few goosebumps before you’re off to sleep.

 

2 thoughts on “60 Songs, 30 Days: Day 10 – A Song That Makes You Fall Asleep

  1. Ok boys, as promised – I’m writing stuff.
    First off, to each his own for what lulls them into a pleasant dream. I have struggled with bouts of anxiety and insomnia in the past and do find that singing to myself helps. Such classics as ‘Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog’ and ‘You Are My Sunshine’ are my go-to choices. Not because I find these songs are necessarily soothing, but b/c I’m strange.
    Now, I’m going to rename your songs.
    Matt – ‘A Song To Have an Anxiety Attack To’ – I do not feel at all relaxed, but rather apt to begin obsessively polishing my collection of live WWII ammunition…or at the very least, to rock back and forth while counting the cracks in my ceiling until I come up with a number divisible by seven.
    Brian – “A Song For a Little Pre-sleep Make Out” – No explanation really needed, other than the optional parenthetical titles of (Sophomore Year) or (Heavy Petting).
    To be fair, throwing stones/glass house and all that, I’ll give you my choice.
    I’m going with the classic Clare de Lune for my sleepy time song. I had a cassette of piano music that I listened to when I was small. Maybe it was just the location in the line-up of this particular track (20 minutes in) or the soothing whir of the magnetically coated plastic tape spooling left to right, but this song got me every time.

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