If I'm studying, reading, about to go to sleep, or maybe I've just had a really rough day, sometimes I just want to be soothed by sounds and not have to hear any voices other than my own thoughts. As a part of a healthy lifestyle, I believe everyone should be prescribed to have at least one instrumental playlist. Many people put too much faith in words sometimes and lose sense of what we as humans can communicate without ever opening our mouths. There are times where we all just need to step back and let the music just be music, forget the rest. My personal instrumental playlist that I use to zone out is titled, "Don't Speak, Just Listen" hence, this post title. I'm going to recommend some groups to check out next you need to sit back, relax, and turn all the voices off.
("Dive", "Daydream", and "Coastal Break" are my favorites)
Scott Hansen has been making awesome alt-instrumental music under the name Tycho since 2002. Therefore, there are loads of material for you to fill your ears with and be subdued into a dream-like state of euphoria. I recently saw Tycho live and the only way to describe the experience is bliss. The set consists of amazing visuals behind the band that truly allow you to step away from your waking life and "Dive" into a "Daydream." I highly recommend listening to this group and going to see them live whenever possible.
("One Day I Will Teach You To Let Go of Your Fears" and "One Day You Will Teach Me To Let Go Of My Fears" are totally epic)
I found this Australian post-rock outfit a few years ago while stumbling around free mp3 websites and it was definitely a #blessed kind of moment. I later found out that the group received some acclaim from a viral Twilight fan video on YouTube...huh. Anyway, made up of Jonathan Khor, Alex Wilson, Otto Vicks-Green, and William Smith, sleepmakeswaves provides a type of sound that will make you feel every emotion you've ever encountered...and then some. Their tracks, which average 6-8 minutes long, take you on meditative journeys that can be just as entertaining as a movie or a good book.
("Dream House" and "Sunbather," to start off with)
I know that I said this post was all about getting away from voices, but what I really meant was getting away from words. Deafheaven, a bit more aggressive and metal than some of its neighbors on this list, could be considered a metal band because their songs consist of a lot of indicernible screaming. The group was formed by George Clarke and Kerry McCoy in San Francisco in 2010. Deafheaven only has 2 albums out, but their sophomore LP, Sunbather (2013), has definitely gotten them attention. Don't be intimidated by the genre, my instrumental-enthused friends, the Clarke's voice is beautifully woven into the rest of the music and utilized more as an instrument itself than any words that could interupt our escape from all things verbal.
Explosions in the Sky
Explosions in the Sky is probably the most predictable group for me to have on this list because....c'mon. This Texan crew, including Mark Smith, Munaf Rayani, Michael James, and Christopher Krasky, has been around since 2001. When I talk about study/chill music with friends, this band receives the most popular mention. Explosions in the Sky is essential to any instrumental playlist.
Also worth checking out: El Ten Eleven, Sbtrkt, Sun Glitters, and Washed Out.
What's on your instrumental playlist?