Reader Doug sends a raft of songs that he loves working to, and I’ve included his first pick here (but I’ll be culling from his long list in the coming weeks). Doug writes:
I’m always on the lookout for new music, but few things make me more excited than coming across a new artist that I've not heard before where I think “oh, damn, this is READING music.” It usually comes in bunches, because if an artist has one great reading song, it’s pretty likely they’ll have others.
Without further ado, a sampling of my favorites (or, if you run out of material ever, any one of these playlists is pretty chock full of stuff that I will throw on in the background when working / reading):
Petit Biscuit might be my favorite recent addition to my “reading / working” playlists. “Sunset Lover” has some light vocals, but no lyrics. Great rhythm, repetitive enough that you don’t need to pay attention too closely to get the general gist, but complex enough that when you do tune in, there’s a variety of layers to unpack to really understand everything involved in the song.