2. "Monsoon" - Hippo Campus
Twin Cities favorites Hippo Campus have a way with words (to say the least). Their debut album Landmark is filled with introspective poetry that floats seamlessly over layers of jangly guitars. "Monsoon" is one of those songs you can't help but listen to on repeat. It's atmospheric mid-tempo melody is a more effective sleep aid than counting sheep.
3. "Lostmyhead" - The 1975
The 1975 are no strangers to instrumental arrangements, but "Lostmyhead" is by far their most impressive. From their sophomore record I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it, this ambient track is a brilliant symphony wrapped up into a tight five minutes. Even when separated from the calming visuals that appear in the band's live show, "Lostmyhead" has the power to put you in a dreamy trance.
4. "The Colour In Anything" - James Blake
Minimalist soul artist James Blake topped his award-winning sophomore LP with The Colour In Anything, arguably one of the best records of 2016. The title track is stunning in its simplicity. Blake's fragile vocals soar over gentle piano chords, making the most of quiet moments between notes. "The Colour In Anything" is a modern lullaby for the broken hearted.
5. "Loveless" - Lo Moon
6. "Still" - The Japanese House
This was the first single from rising U.K. indie-pop powerhouse, and it proves to be timeless. The Japanese House (aka Amber Bain) has perfectly mastered an addictive style of ambient pop that is instantly recognizable. Listen to "Still" and any lingering stress from the day will be lifted off your shoulders, making you feel weightless.
7. "Blue Light" - Mazzy Star
8. "The Peaks" - Lewis Watson feat. Kimberly Anne
9. "All Is Now Harmed" - Ben Howard
10. "River" - Leon Bridges
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