6 Ambient Artists For Any Occasion

6 Ambient Artists For Any Occasion

Unless you're at a rager.

Here's a compilation of the perfect experimental, ambient groups and artists. Ambient music is one of those genres that can be listened to almost anytime unless you need to pep up. It's unique in the way that you can fall asleep to it or you can even have a little dance party to it! If you're studying, unwinding, or you just need something new, give these musicians a try.

1. Aphex Twin

Aphex Twin is a musician from England who got his success from his influence on the ambient and electronic genres of music. He blew up in the 90's and he still has a huge impact on music as a whole. His songs are generally instrumental, or without lyrics, so it's great for anything from studying to just jammin'. Maybe even use them to fall asleep to.

2. Death Grips' Fashion Week

Death Grips are not by any means an ambient band, let me just state that up front. However, in 2015 the group released an album called Fashion Week. It's comprised of nine tracks that are purely instrumental and electronic. Some may stray from "ambiance", but like Aphex Twin, the lack of words make them perfect for background music.

3. Deerhunter

Deerhunter gained popularity in the early 2000's and are still truckin'! They have described their sound as "ambient punk". Unline Aphex Twin and Death Grips' Fashion Week, they incorporate lyrics into their music. Still great for background music, you just have the ability to sing along now!

4. Brian Eno

This guy's undebatably the most influential artist on this list. Brian Eno has been creating since the 70's, and to this day his effect is monumental regarding ambient and electronic music. He's pioneered the genres and even created his own. Eno has produced many "sound-scapes" which definitely serve their purpose as soothing, ambient melodies.

5. Godspeed You! Black Emperor

This group is super unique. Their sound varies from noise to beautiful, orchestral compositions of sound. Their songs are generally very long and intense. Perfect for background music, but upon closer listening it's evident how intricate and alluring the music is. Again, apart from samples, they don't use vocals.

6. Beach House

Beach House is a more current group than most of the bands on this list. They have a female vocalist, excellent lyrics, and they're better for singing along and some slow dancing if you're feeling it. They just released a new album, 7, and unsurprisingly it's amazing. Beach House is categorized as dream pop rather than ambient music, but Victoria Legend, the vocalist, could put you in a trance without a doubt!

Whether you find these artists useful for a study session or your own personal dance party, I hope you have found a lasting favorite.

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11 Things Psychology Majors Hear That Drive Them Crazy

No pun intended.

We've all been there. You're talking to a new acquaintance, or a friend of your parents, or whoever. And then, you get the dreaded question.

"So what are you studying in school?"

Cue the instant regret of picking Psychology as your major, solely for the fact that you are 99.9% likely to receive one of the slightly comical, slightly cliche, slightly annoying phrases listed below. Don't worry though, I've included some responses for you to use next time this comes up in conversation. Because it will.

Quick side note, these are all real-life remarks that I've gotten when I told people I was a psych major.

Here we go.

1. So are you, like, analyzing me right now?

Well, I wasn't. But yeah. Now I am.

2. Ugh so jealous! You picked the easy major.

"Lol" is all I have to say to this one. I'm gonna go write my 15-page paper on cognitive impairment. You have fun with your five college algebra problems, though!

3. So can you tell me what you think is wrong with me? *Shares entire life story*

Don't get me wrong; I love listening and helping people get through hard times. But we can save the story about how one time that one friend said that one slightly rude comment to you for later.

4. Well, s**t, I have to be careful what I say around you.

Relax, pal. I couldn't diagnose and/or institutionalize you even if I wanted to.

5. OMG! I have the perfect first client for you! *Proceeds to vent about ex-boyfriend or girlfriend*

Possible good response: simply nod your head the entire time, while actually secretly thinking about the Ben and Jerry's carton you're going to go home and demolish after this conversation ends.

6. So you must kind of be like, secretly insane or something to be into Psychology.

Option one: try and hide that you're offended. Option two: just go with it, throw a full-blown tantrum, and scare off this individual, thereby ending this painful conversation.

7. Oh. So you want to be a shrink?

First off, please. Stop. Calling. Therapists. Shrinks. Second, that's not a psych major's one and only job option.

8. You know you have to go to grad school if you ever want a job in Psychology.

Not completely true, for the record. But I am fully aware that I may have to spend up to seven more years of my life in school. Thanks for the friendly reminder.

9. So you... want to work with like... psychopaths?

Let's get serious and completely not-sarcastic for a second. First off, I take personal offense to this one. Having a mental illness does not classify you as a psycho, or not normal, or not deserving of being treated just like anyone else on the planet. Please stop using a handful of umbrella terms to label millions of wonderful individuals. It's not cool and not appreciated.

10. So can you, like, read my mind?

It actually might be fun to say yes to this one. Try it out and see what happens. Get back to me.

11. You must be a really emotional person to want to work in Psychology.

Psychology is more than about feeling happy, or sad, or angry. Psychology is about understanding the most complex thing to ever happen to us: our brain. How it works the way it does, why it works the way it does, and how we can better understand and communicate with this incredibly mysterious, incredibly vast organ in our tiny little skull. That's what psychology is.

So keep your head up, psychology majors, and don't let anyone discourage you about choosing, what is in my opinion, the coolest career field out there. The world needs more people like us.

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