The 10 Best Drone-Ambient Albums
These are, in my opinion, the ten best drone/ambient albums. If you're looking for background music to help you relax or sleep, you might want to check some of these out.
Black Swan - In 8 Movements
In 8 Movements has a theatrical opening, but fades into a droning backdrop with symphonic undertones.
Jefre Cantu Ledesma - Blood Stream Sermon
People looking for a more musical album might prefer Ledesma's Love is a Stream but Blood Stream Sermon's minimal, pulsating sound can be very hypnotic.
Celer - Diving into the Plasma Pool
Symphonic in theme and melanchoic in tone, Diving into the Plasma Pool is one of the more melodic drone albums out there.
Loscil - Coast, Arc, Range
It might not be clear to everyone how words like "soft" and "warm" can be applied to sounds, but listening to this album might give you a better idea.
Stars of the Lid - And The Refinement of their Decline
Bordering between modern classical and drone, And the Refinement of their Decline can be enjoyed both by active or passive listening.
Emeralds - Solar Bridge
Solar Bridge has a heavier, more abrasive timbre than the previous 5 albums, but the overall sound is still very warm and relaxing.
Barn Owl - The Conjurer
Not unlike Solar Bridge, The Conjurer is on the darker, more ominous side, without really falling into the 'dark ambient' genre.
Infinite Body - Carve Out the Face of my God
This album is more toward the glitchy end of the spectrum. The album has a distinctly electronic/glitch type sound while still being warm and full.
Marconi Union - Weightless
Weightless was actually engineered to induce relaxation and sleep. Unlike the last 3 albums in the list, the sound on Weightless is very smooth and clean.
Lawrence English - Kiri No Oto
A very well-rounded album, Kiri No Oto is at times glitchy and rough, and at times smooth and tranquil.
While the list is in no particular order, the first entry, In 8 Movements, might serve as the best introduction to the genre. Its captivating intro fades into a swell of indeterminate drones and osciallations that help the listener lose track of time.