Work Time Jams

Work Time Jams

When you really need to dig your heels in and accomplish a lot of work, setting the right mood is key. Watching a HGTV show such as Fixer Upper is possible while scheduling social media posts or editing photos, but for me it is far too distracting when writing content. Jordan feels the same way and over the years we have discovered several go-to albums (with minimal lyric distraction) and artists to turn on for work motivation.

I included a mixture of electronic, classical, and acoustic jams. A little something for everyone! I hope you find a new artist or two to add to your music listening rotation.

CaribouOur Love
Caribou falls under the low-key, dance/electronic category which is one of my favorite genres of music to put on while working. The melodic grooves keep me steady and on track! Jordan and I had the opportunity to see them live at Pitchfork Music Festival last year.

Frou Frou | Details
One of my favorite albums of ALL TIME. It is so fun. Details is also the perfect album to put on if you need a good cry. Especially if the draft you had worked on all night suddenly disappears! Haha.

Petit Biscuit | Singles
Petit Biscuit is perfect low-fi electronic pop. I find myself listening to these five singles on loop. I hope they release a full length album soon!

Sense & Sensibility Official Soundtrack
The only thing I dislike about this soundtrack is they have another woman singing the two songs Kate Winslet sang in the movie. Otherwise, it’s perfect

The Social Network’s Official Soundtrack
This soundtrack is part of the reason why The Social Network worked as a film. And it has been a part of helping me get serious work done. This soundtrack is a little bit moody, a little bit driving and perfectly ambient.

Spotify: Focus Now
This Spotify curated playlist is composed of a great mixture of classical music that’s great for hunkering down to accomplish a task (or even just to wind down after a long day).

Sylvan Esso | Sylvan Esso
Sylvan Esso’s mix of electric/pop/folk has just the right amount of energy to break through a workday slump.

Tycho | Awake
Awake is Tycho’s most recent album, but all his albums are great options. Jordan and I have been listening to his entire discography for years!

The War on Drugs | Lost in The Dream
Lost in The Dream made it onto my top 10 albums of 2014 and I’ll leave you with my explanation…“This album is not what you listen to while on a run, but it is exactly the type of record to listen to while pondering the meaning of life [or working!].”

Are any of these artists on your work time playlist?

29 thoughts on “Work Time Jams”

  1. Adding these to my Spotify playlists now! I need good music on while I’m working. I really like listening to wordless music/instrumental stuff while I work — I’m a copyeditor, so it’s hard to have words playing in my head as I read words on a screen. My favorites are Bethel’s Without Words: Synesthesia and anything by Explosions in the Sky.

  2. oh gosh I am totally going to spend the next week listening through all these. I can’t work with the TV. I also hate the idea of multi-tasking too many things. I want to put my focus into my content!!

    1. I usually like to have some background noise so I don’t feel alone. It stems from when I was younger and left the TV on during the day in the house (I was homeschooled) while my mom ran errands.

  3. The Hubs and I love Tycho! They went here to the Philippines recently but the tickets were mad expensive so I’ll have to wait when I get to the US 😛 Lately we’ve been listening to Madeon and Porter Robinson (whom you may like if you like M83). We also enjoy down tempo stuff like Blue Sky Black Death (gorgeous instrumental hip-hop, although it’s a bit hard to put them under one genre).

    1. I’m going to check our your suggestions. I remember Tycho coming to town but I can’t remember why we didn’t go. I think we might have been moving or out of town. Some silly reason. 😉

  4. I love Frou Frou! I’m noting these suggestions for ambient background – anything with words is a bit tough for me to write during, so I tend to stick with completely lyric-free if I really want to knuckle down. Ludovico Einaudi is one of my favorite pianists/composers; his LPs are brilliant working music (for me anyway!) and of course any scores to movies!

  5. It’s always important to know what type of music gets you motivated to get some work done. Personally I haven’t heard of any of these but then again I’m a metal head and that always gets me pumped up to do anything. LOL

  6. I am not familiar with most of these artists! I can’t wait to check them out! I’m pinning this on my playlists board so I remember to listen to them all later. Thanks for sharing!

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