Chill Out Drown Out: TOUJOURS, In Vivid

Chill Out Drown Out: music for when you need to, well, chill out, and also drown out extraneous noise. Tunes for calming down and concentrating on important tasks or just having a peaceful time in the middle of a hurricane of a day/week/month/year/existence.

Ok kids. Here is your moment of zen for today.

TOUJOURS is the second record from In Vivid (Ben Snook), and it is a gentle soothing bath for your brain. The songs are chill but rich in texture, just enough grit to be perfect for background music, and not so slippery as to be instantly forgettable.

Shana Falana: In the Light

I have a mix I call “Chill Out Drown Out” for when I need to, well, chill out, and also drown out extraneous noise around me. Its music that enables me to calm down and concentrate on important tasks like memorizing the finer points of real property law, or, you know, just provides a chunk of peaceful time in a hurricane of a day.

One of the artists in the mix is Shana Falana, formerly of San Francisco but now living in upstate New York, who, with drummer Michael Amari makes heavy, sweet, dreamy tunes that I find particularly soothing.

Here are four from In the Light, which she released in January:

Light The Fire - Shana Falana (In the Light EP)

DIZZY CHANT VIDEO by Shana Falana "In the Light" EP out now

TRAGIC by Shana Falana "In The Light" EP out now