32 Best Ambient Albums Ever Made

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Optimistic Underground


Here it is, the Optimistic Underground list of best ambient albums ever made. Inspired by all the discussion surrounding Pitchfork’s list of the genre, I decided to lay out my favorites. This is a sound that I’ve been in love with my whole life, so the only problem was narrowing it down.

Lots of people like ambient music for lots of reasons. Some love to fall asleep to it. Some are fascinated with the granular detail of slow songs. Some enjoy the way that it can dilate time, shifting perception for vast stretches.

I love it for all of these reasons, and for the way it can utterly transport my mind in a way that frees me to have all sorts of thoughts, the kind of ideas that spring up during a long bike ride or a mediation session. Ambient music is contemplative music, for all intents and purposes. It’s…

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  1. HEY!  I just saw this post. I knew you liked Ethereal but didn’t know about Ambient.  Can I send you 2 things I’m monkeying with and would love for you to sing to, play with, twist, distort, contort or whatever you see fit?  Been low-key and just waiting for Jonah to move in the end of the month and then we’re going bass shopping for him and get started in earnest.  Thanks for the list!  From: Sirena Ross To: ern1126@yahoo.com Sent: Thursday, April 19, 2018 11:56 AM Subject: [New post] 32 Best Ambient Albums Ever Made #yiv4293982037 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv4293982037 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv4293982037 a.yiv4293982037primaryactionlink:link, #yiv4293982037 a.yiv4293982037primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv4293982037 a.yiv4293982037primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv4293982037 a.yiv4293982037primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv4293982037 WordPress.com | sirenaross posted: “Oh my gosh!” | |

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