The 10 Best Drone-Ambient Albums

Published: November 20, 2013

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. 

  1. Black Swan - In 8 Movements

    In 8 Movements has a theatrical opening, but fades into a droning backdrop with symphonic undertones. 

     

  2. 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. 

  3. 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. 

  4. 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. 

  5. 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. 

  6. 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. 

  7. 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. 

  8. 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. 

  9. 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.

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  10. 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.