Everyone loves lyrics. Whether they’re light-hearted and playful, soul-gripping and gut-wrenching, or abstract and avant garde, we all love to sing along, relate certain verses to our personal lives, or just be taken away by another person’s story.

On the other hand, hearing a great instrumental track is an entirely different experience. Without having words to identify with, your brain is free to let the music create an image in your mind. The interpretation is more so up to you than if you had someone defining it with their own words. Having this blank canvas allows your mind to wander, providing you with a perfect experience to express your own creativity.

While this is a great idea in concept, putting together a great playlist of instrumental artists is extremely difficult. We could easily outline ten different genres from classical, to jazz, to ambient electronic. Also, do vocal samples count? What about humming? What about bands that sometimes sing, and sometimes do instrumental tracks? We went back and forth on how we should create this, and finally decided to just throw together some of our personal favorites along with a few other suggestions from close friends, Bruke at Spread Label, James at Rising Digital, and the rest of the TMN staff.

Enjoy.

AMBIENT/ATMOSPHERIC/EXPERIMENTAL


Sigur Ros
Samskeyti
Sigur Ros
Lúppulagið
Apparat / Goodbye (Instrumental)
J.R Alexander
Im Glad
Ulrich Schnauss
A Long Way To Fall
Olafur Arnalds
Brotsjór
Olafur Arnalds
Lynns Theme
The American Dollar
A Few Words
The American Dollar - A Few Words
The American Dollar
Age Of Wonder
The American Dollar - Age Of Wonder
General Fuzz
Mellow drama
Amiina
Bourdon
Amiina
Seoul
Aphex Twin
Film
Aphex Twin
Avril 14th
Aphex Twin - Avril 14th
Aphex Twin
Jynweythek Ylow
Aphex Twin - Jynweythek Ylow
Air
Alone in Kyoto
Do Make Say Think
Greed Waltz
Do Make Say Think
Chinatown
Hammock
Ten Thousand Years Wont Save Your Life
Hammock
Tape Recorder
Message to Bears
Farewell, Stars
Message to Bears
Wake Me

POST ROCK

Codes in the Clouds
You And I Change Like Seasons
Codes in the Clouds - You And I Change Like Seasons
Codes in the Clouds
Look Back, Look Up
Codes in the Clouds - Look Back, Look Up
Broken Social Scene
Guilty Cubicles
Broken Social Scene
Love And Mathematics
El Ten Eleven
Lullaby
El Ten Eleven
Yellow Bridges (Music Video Edit)
Unwed Sailor
Oaxaca
This Will Destroy You
A Three
This Will Destroy You
The Mighty Rio Grande
Tristeza
Balabaristas
Tristeza - Balabaristas
Mogwai
Auto rock
Mogwai
Team Handed
Mogwai - Team Handed
Mogwai
Friend of the Night
Mogwai - Friend of the Night
Mogwai
Emergency Trap
Mogwai - Emergency Trap
Balmorhea
Days
Balmorhea
Masollan
Explosions in the Sky
Trembling Hands
Saxon Shore
Amber, Ember, Glow
Saxon Shore
The Revolution Will Be Streaming
Red Sparrowes
Truths Arise
Red Sparrowes
Giving Birth To Imagined Saviors
Russian Circles
Atackla
Russian Circles
Philos

DANCY/GROOVY/POP


Four Tet
Lion
Four Tet
Moma
Holy Fuck
Red Lights
Holy Fuck
Latin America
royksopp
eple (album version with intro)
Little People
Eminence Grise
Little People
Moon
Little People
Aldgate Patterns
Hauschka
Radar
Tycho
Hours
Tycho
Coastal Brake
Tycho
The Daydream
Ratatat
Loud Pipes
Ratatat
Neckbrace
Ratatat
Wildcat
RJD2
Ghostwriter
Bonobo
Kiara
Emancipator
Black lLake
Emancipator
Nevergreen
Drums and Tuba
The Mummy
Drums and Tuba - The Mummy
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