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From Aphex Twin to Al Green: the most soothing songs to self-isolate with

Whether its electronic drones or perfect dad ballads, our music writers have brought together 60 profoundly beautiful sungs to mollify the Covid-1 9 stress. Suggest your own in the comments

Alexis Petridis, bos rock-and-roll and pop critic

Denice Williams- Free
From 1976, soul music so pillowy and cosseting, it does Minnie Ripperton’s Loving You sound like Motorhead.

The Mellows- Smoke From Your Cigarette( feat Lillian Leach)
A favourite of fabled doo-wop aficionado Lou Reed. Close your eyes and the appropriately identified Mellows can take you from lockdown in your home to a mid-5 0s Manhattan nightclub at 3am.

Janet Kay- Silly Games
The apotheosis of the soft, pop-facing British reggae sub-genre devotees’ rock, Silly Games is a magnificent record. You are also welcome to cheer yourself by attempting to made the high tone Kay reaches at the end of the chorus.

Barbara Mason- Darling Come Back Home
There’s nothing particularly soothing about Darling Come Back Home’s melodics- which handled in the kind of romantic desolation you might expect, afforded its mother album was called I Am Your Woman, She Is Your Wife- but the music is another story: dubby, spaced-out, slow-motion disco.

Gayngs- The Gaudy Side of Town
Prince was a fan of Gayngs’ solitary 2010 album, Relayted, which anatomies: the somnambulant The Gaudy Side of Town is pitched blissfully between super-smooth R& B and something weirder and trippier.

Al Green- I’m Glad You’re Mine
From 1972′ s masterful I’m Still in Love With You, the Rev at his most seductive. Love of Massive Attack’s debut book, Blue Lines, might recognise the opening breakbeat.

Penguin Cafe Orchestra- The Sound of Someone You Love Who’s Going Away and It Doesn’t Matter
Eleven minutes that move by beautifully, The Sound of Someone You Love … feels like the musical equivalent of a gentle breeze.

This Mortal Coil- You and Your Sister
An impossibly sumptuous- if desperately sad- song by Big Star’s doomed founder Chris Bell, given an exquisite cord grouping and sung by Kim Deal and Tanya Donnelly, then both members of the Breeders.

Freda Payne- We’ve Gotta Find a Way Back to Love
Sampled by A Tribe Called Quest, amongst other, We’ve Got to Find a Way Back to Love is impassioned, sunlit and uplifting enough to take your sentiment off anything.

Fleetwood
Hushed and warm … Fleetwood Mac. Photograph: Michael Ochs Archives/ Getty Images

Fleetwood Mac- Only Over You
From their overlooked 1982 album Mirage, Only Over You is irresistible: Christine McVie at her most hushed and warm.

Air- Casanova 70
Their honour as the band who launched a thousand interior design show soundtracks overshadows how splendid Air formerly were. Casanova 70 is serene, spacey and sexy.

King Creosote& Jon Hopkins- Your Young Voice
There’s almost nothing to Your Young Voice- forte-piano, acoustic guitar and Kenny Anderson’s fragile voice echo two wrinkles of lyricals- but it’s enough to move you.

The Carpenters- Rainy Days and Mondays
Sneer at it as MOR if you want but Rainy Days and Mondays’ combination of savory layout, Karen Carpenter’s amazing expres- rich and velvety but ineffably melancholy- and the lyrical evocation of suburban ennui is incredible.

Pink Floyd- Fat Old Sun
It’s a shame Pink Floyd didn’t realize more records like Fat Old Sun: implanted on back two of Atom Heart Mother, its hushed, languorou, very English take on country-rock is a late summer’s afternoon purified into five minutes of music.

Kiki
Moody epic … Kiki Dee in 1977. Photograph: ITV/ Rex/ Shutterstock

Kiki Dee- Amoureuse
A French hit- by Veronique Sanson, once the wife of Stephen Stills- translated into English, Amoureuse is one of the great forgotten singles of the 70 s, a superb, pensive epic.

Young Gun Silver Fox- Distance Between
London’s premier yacht rock revivalists, Young Gun Silver Fox never slip into pastiche. Distance Between is ultra-slick, lustrous but mournful- perhaps it’s time for a cocktail …

Isaac Hayes- Ike’s Mood 1
Another song fruitfully raided by Massive Attack, Ike’s Mood 1 might be the greatest example of Isaac Hayes’ expansive perception of soul music. Its wistful ambience is actually pervasive.

Rachel Sweet- It’s So Different Here

A lovely anomaly in Rachel Sweet’s new wave/ country rock catalogue, It’s So Different Here is a languid, alluring, heat-hazy evocation of foreign travel, perfect to drift away to.

Michael Kiwanuka- Solid Ground
The mellowest trail on the singer-songwriter’s superb third book deprives his sound back to electric piano and strings. The full strap sound right at the end, but by then Solid Ground wielded its quiet magic.

Quiet
Quiet sorcery … Michael Kiwanuka in Southampton earlier this month. Photograph: Harry Herd/ Redferns

Judee Sill- The Kiss
The jewel in Judee Sill’s slender but extraordinary catalogue of ballads, The Kiss is pretty much perfect. Tender but potent, it seems unbelievable it languished in gloom for decades, only really attracting attention after her death.

Ben Beaumont-Thomas, music editor

Don Cherry- Hope
Recorded by the US jazz great with a bunch of Swedish hippies during the summer of 1971 and 1972, this move part announced today the world’s beauty will prevail.

Nora Guthrie- Home Before Dark
One of “the worlds largest” wondrous songs ever recorded, the daughter of Woody roosts on the cliff of innocence and ordeal as chamber dad wipes around her.

Huerco S- Promises of Fertility
Anyone who takes solace in Aphex Twin’s Selected Ambient Works at times like these will cherish this bruised but glowing track from the Brooklyn producer.

The Sea and Cake- Inn Keeping
Sam Prekop’s husky and debonair American voice is one of the most relaxing things ever- the classiest podcast-producer voice imaginable, put to perfect use on this puttering ambient indie-rock.

Ryuichi Sakamoto- Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence( Playing the Piano version)
Spotify is fraught with” piano chillout” dreck, but this solo piano version of Sakamoto’s movie topic moves above it all. The song remains uniquely soothing: it seems to look back on past sadness with a stoic resolve.

Perfect
Perfect ballad … Lapsley. Photograph: Alexandra Waespi

Lapsley- Speaking of the End
Perhaps Lapsley has been listening to Sakamoto- this perfect ballad shares his forte-piano style, where each document is pressed into the song like a rod in stopper. It closes her superb second book, out on Friday.

Deerhunter- Sailing
A spartan waltz from the Atlanta alt-rockers, with Bradford Cox seemingly adrift in a small craft out at sea, subsisting on stoicism alone:” Only fear/ can build you feel lonely out here/ you learn to accept/ whatever you can get .”

Phil Phillips- Sea of Love
Talking of ocean metaphors, Phil Phillips has the greatest of them all: a doo-wop pop song slash adrift from worldly accentuates on to a ocean of pure adoration.

Malena Zavala- Could You Stay
The Sea of Love for the 21 st century. Singer-songwriter Zavala could persuasion even the most assiduous self-isolator back on to her sofa with this lulling ballad.

Austin Cesear- 1 Year
Sitting somewhere between shoegaze and home is this enchanting track from the San Francisco producer, with guitars crashing like slow, weak surf over brass, snares and looped vocals.

Supreme Jubilees- It’ll All Be Over
Faith will undoubtedly play around a powerful its participation in many people’s lives right now, but even unbelievers can share in the certainty it raises with this assured downtempo gospel song.( It was sampled to much more party-starting effect by DJ Koze and Gerry Read recently ).

Mark McGuire- The Marfa Lights
Listening to this komische soft-rock ballad is like diving into Balearic irrigates and then down deeper into your own psyche- a real trip out of the everyday.

Frode Haltli- Jag Haver Ingen Karare
A profoundly beautiful folk song from the Norwegian accordionist’s 2007 ECM release, Passing Images, with trumpet notes from Arve Henriksen so lulling that supermarkets should perhaps be looping them over their PAs.

Mogwai.
Charmingly syrupy … Mogwai. Photograph: Brian Sweeney

Mogwai- Take Me Somewhere Nice
In which the Scottish post-rockers reveal their soft cores: strings, shuddering husky vocals, and lovely pitter-patter brushed drums add up to a charmingly syrupy number.

Fennesz- Rainfall
Austrian make Christian Fennesz has perfected an ambient harmonize of static and gorgeously full-toned guitar that keeps the entire world at bay.

Max Roach- Members, Don’t Git Weary
A spiritual jazz plea for solidarity and strength that will in turn suffuse you with the vitality to get up each morning.

Laurie
Electronic appease … Laurie Spiegel. Photograph: Stan Bratman

Lord Kitchener- No More Taxi
Remember when all you had to worry about was whether to splash out on an Uber home from the afters? Let Lord Kitchener’s virulent charisma take you back to a time when public transport woes were more carefree than they are now.

Mos Def- Umi Says
While there is plenty of escapist rap for these trying times, it might not chill you out. Nonetheless, Mos Def’s ultra-mindful track, backed with jazzy organ vamps, will help you focus on life of today.

Kraftwerk- Computer Love
For all its melancholy and wanting, the course this song’s several perfect tunes each resolve is profoundly relaxing, while the thrum of the rhythm section adds further certainty.

Laurie Spiegel- The Expanding Universe
Cruise calmly on a rundown beam of beautiful, bagpipe-adjacent electronic monotone, created by one of the 20 th century’s great electronic composers.

Laura Snapes, agent music editor

Aphex Twin- Avril 14 th
Undoubtedly “the worlds largest” soothing time in a catalogue knows we its impish spikiness.

Bill Callahan- Small Plane
A tiny vignette of hard-won domestic bliss after a routinely acrimonious catalogue: merely Bill and his love learning how to poise their sensibilities.

Blood Orange- Best to You( stunt Empress Of)
The acute loneliness of Lorely Rodriguez’s words is counterbalanced by the dreamiest and most enclose musics and production in Dev Hynes’s catalogue.

Neko
Seductive … Neko Case, kd lang and Laura Veirs.

occasion/ lang/ veirs- Honey and Smoke
kd lang, one of music’s great seducers, jobs her supernatural in an all-too-rare latter day release, from her 2016 trio album with Neko Case and Laura Veirs.

Cate Le Bon- Are You With Me Now
While Le Bon’s lyricals be talking about being recurred by loneliness, her exquisite songs are a tonic, her brambly guitar full of pep.

Fiona Apple- Shadowboxer
Apple’s history of a lover’s treachery isn’t exactly a comfort, but her languid swagger is just the thing to strut around an evacuate house to.

Gillian Welch- Time( The Revelator)
On the designation line from her greatest record, Welch reverberates entirely self-possessed as she stares at the scope and waits for time to do it work.

Grouper- Heavy Water/ I’d Rather Be Sleeping
Thousands of insomniac and uneasy adherents of Liz Harris can’t be wrong: the cottony thicket of Heavy Water is lo-fi’s equivalent of the weighted blanket.

Hiss Golden Messenger- Devotion
MC Taylor is chasing” a peaceful psyche so full of goodnes” on Devotion, a weighty acoustic line from HGM’s lo-fi daytimes that still seeds hope among its pitiful slump.

Lucinda Williams- Still I Long for Your Kiss
A song for love in the time of social distancing, an accordion-laced number where Williams discovers please in yearning.

The National- Lemonworld
The flower of Matt Berninger’s flair for romanticising quarantine, the titular Lemonworld is a sad, sex, private utopia- and one of the band’s most underrated songs.

Neil Young- On the Beach
You don’t need to expend Young and his band’s infamous” sugar slides”- sauteed weed and sugar that they downed during this album’s making and said ” felt like heroin”- to be overtaken by his languid ode to loneliness.

Pet Shop Boys- Being Boring
From 1990′ s Behaviour, one of the Pet Shop Boys’ most aerodynamic and effortless racetracks entertains how life never fairly is working out as you expected.

Robyn- Honey
A sensual yet urgent residence daydream that reveals nothing of the Sisyphean eight-year effort Robyn put into getting it just right.

Rosalía.
Coiled yearning … Rosalia. Photograph: Adela Loconte/ REX/ Shutterstock

Rosalia- Pienso En Tu Mira
Malamente seemed to be everyone’s favourite track from El Mal Querer, but the coiled longing and tactile palmas handclaps of Pienso En Tu Mira were its most seductive cut.

Sleater-Kinney- Get Up
By sort, Sleater-Kinney never acquired hymns to soothe, but the Hot Rock era learnt them at their quietest and strangest, and Get Up perfectly poises panic and fight.

Solange- Cranes in the Sky
The entirety of Solange’s 2016 book, A Seat at the Table, works as a balm, though the astronomical vocals and high-register piano of Cranes in the Sky are like the resound of someone trying to move themselves feel lighter than air.

Sufjan Stevens- I Crave to Be Well
This proggy splurge of thwarting came when Stevens was suffering from a strange illness that felled him for a period, and observed the moment where the experimental music he made on the side came to the fore of his catalogue.

William Tyler- Cadillac Desert
Any of Nashville guitarist William Tyler’s work will see you through these unsettled durations , not least Cadillac Desert, which duets inciting resonance with ebullient strata of guitar that gleaming like a mirage.

Jack Rose- St Louis Blues
Slurring, spry and goofy, Rose’s rendition of the tribe classic is a welcome reminder that you can see the world from your front porch.

* Is your favourite not in here? Please share your own alternatives in specific comments below .

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