Ambient 1: Music for Airports – Brian Eno

Earlier this year, I was a mess. Between the huge workload I had to do and the constant consumption of any form of speed to keep me up to tackle this problem, the bottom was bound to fall out sooner or later. When it did, panic attacks hit me worse than a sledgehammer to the chest. Walls closing in, heavy breathing, racing mind, all of it. I thought I was about to have a heart attack. Luckily, I met this girl in my class named Shyanne who helped me stop being a pussy and soldier on. She showed me this stress-relieving record. I had no idea what it was about, but I knew a good bit about Brian Eno (specifically his stuff with Bowie and Roxy Music, not that Coldplay or U2 bullshit). And though I haven’t seen or heard from her in a long time, I gotta say thanks for this record.

I’m not one for bullshit artisty records, but this is different. Eno created this record as a way to relieve stress in chaotic airport terminals. It’s a minimalist record, so it’s not something you can throw on at a party. I can’t really take the piss out of it for that, because that’s what the record’s intention is. It’s meant to relax you and make you think better during stressful things like traveling. I’ve used it when I’ve had insominia and 8 out of 10 times, it’s helped me pass out.

You can check out one of the tracks from the album below. I recommend using Spotify to hear the whole thing since some tracks are past the 1o minute mark and youtube can only do so much. If you need to chill the fuck out, check it out.

1/2 – Brian Eno

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