This was a good year to listen to ambient music, whatever that is
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In the early days of despair, I looked at Spotify and decided that everything sounded bad. All songs were boring, and I was sick of everything. What that really meant was I was sick of myself. But by the summer, Iâd found the solve: ambient music. The best music I heard this year was barely music at all.
The notion of âambient musicâ is pretentious, sure, but the concept is simple. If most music is centered around some alchemy of melody and rhythm, ambient music eschews that for whatever else: tones, moods, atmosphere.
Iâve listened to Peel by Nairobi-based artist KMRU roughly once a day since I first heard it in July. Like most music in the genre, the album is concerned with timbre and texture â a lot of shapeless, ambiguous noise that…