“Downtime” artists being those I typically listen to while doing homework or solitary computer projects or things (craft projects in the more hands-on sense, at least detailed ones, often require slightly more rousing music for me; for example, painting the leather used to make my Dany armor top could be done to this, as that was more straightforward, but painting the pink silk-type stuff had full-on Ellie Goulding/Metric/Eisley accompaniment) or going to sleep. This is not to say they are boring or even universally mellow, no, but they are just tonally right for these moments.
6. Laura Gibson
(Linked is her song “Come by Storm.”) It’s really not a surprise that all of these artists frequently appear on my mixes; other than the fact that I love them, they are good complements. Laura Gibson particularly is very effective at this; her songs are rarely manic, often relaxed, and have a nice twang-but-not-too-much-twang to them.
5. Angus and Julia Stone
(Linked is their song “Draw Your Swords.”) Some of their songs, particularly the up-sides on A Book Like This, tend to be a bit more enthusiastic than a lot of the pieces that are on this list, but some of their songs are pleasantly not-that. Even with a side of melancholy. Introspective melancholy tends to lend itself well to downtime.
4. Julia Stone
(Linked is her song “Winter on the Weekend.”) And some of these downtime songs are downright dark. This one (though not all of Julia Stone’s collection) is a prime example. Piano is also a theme.
3. The Swell Season
(Linked is their song “The Moon.”) Honestly, these two make the greatest downtime music ever, between the uncheerfulness and the great harmonies and the calm pace that sometimes heats up into full-on passion but not that often and the guitar and the piano.
2. Glen Hansard
(Linked is his song “Talking With the Wolves.”) This is a slightly faster pace than a lot of these songs. But I think another key point to this list is emotional sincerity or something. Which is definitely evident here.
1. Markéta Irglová
(Linked is her song “Let Me Fall in Love.”) But this one is pure everything on this list. It is melancholy and piano-driven and just lovely. Simple, but excellent.
–your fangirl heroine.