Slow the record down…

Or, at least enjoy it all the way through.

I shouldn’t be one to talk, though. As a “go-to” for new music amongst my close group of friends, I find myself in a persistent, unquenchable thirst to find the next breathtaking track, album, or artist. It’s like going on a lengthy trip across multiple geographical segmentations: you’re probably too preoccupied with a device, a conversation, or the mere anxiety surrounding the pending arrival (my specialty) to notice the natural artistry of planet earth just beyond the window.

chill out music, ambient, downtempo

Yours truly, content in the Forecastle grass.

With this tool known as the Internet, there can be a complete inundation of stimuli coming from countless angles: advertisers, marketers, corporations…even your greatest of pals can incidentally contribute to the  interruptions targeted at you on a daily basis. However, the Internet does admit us an absolute shitload, for lack of a sexier term, of resources at our disposal in a left-click.

This can be a catch-22 of sorts in the art known as music. On one hand, there are more and more artists than ever before being unearthed through the web, with a major emphasis on social media and the blogosphere. This is fabulous since there is a high unlikelihood that even the pickiest of folk won’t find their cup o’ tea somewhere deep in the confines of the web. It’s also a notable and important way for independent artists to release their tracks (and usually for free!) and to get exposure via platforms like Soundcloud.

On the contrary, so much can get lost in the shuffle (puns are funs) when searching for tunes. Artists craft their albums like books, with every track strategically placed to create the story; skipping around and cutting songs short just means you’re trying to understand the plot whilst skipping the pages.

And this is not to bastardize the time and energy it takes to produce just a single track. Enjoy the ups, downs, highs and lows of the ride before settling on your critical review. A track is linear, even though time may not be…

Don’t let the beautifully articulate nuances go unnoticed; this next time you push “Play”, don’t forget to slow down, pump the breaks, and appreciate the view.



Chill out with one of my most treasured and frequently updated playlists, covering a diversified concoction of  melodic ambient, downtempo, minimal, and glitchy sounds.

 What helps you to slow down and live in the present in our current fast-paced society?

Author: Nick Battaglia

Nick is a human being who spends an inordinate amount of time trying to figure out what he should be doing, instead of just doing; he hopes to change that in his new venture with Glass Duffle. Proud alumnus of Ohio University in 2011, Nick is currently situated in Columbus, 77.5 miles northwest of his beloved alma mater, according to Google Maps.

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  1. My friend Miklos, this is my favorite playlist of yours. My commute to work thanks you. Good stuff.

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  2. WesRKasik  Thanks WRK…*subtle head bops*

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