If you like the idea of working along to music, but keep nodding off to Spotify’s “Chill & Ambient Instrumentals” playlist, then we have a humble suggestion: listen to Russian Circles. For the past decade, the Chicago post-rock trio has specialized in darkly dramatic, bone-rattling instrumental dirges that wash over you like a storm cloud of drone, metal, post-hardcore, and shoegaze. Their music is meditative enough to help your brain drift into a flow state, but carries enough propulsive heft that you won’t wind up drooling all over your keyboard. Consider it “lofi hip hop radio to relax/study to” for people who like gnarly-ass riffs.
Listen to “Kohokia,” off their latest album Blood Year, while crushing your inbox. Then, check out some photos from their mesmerizing show at Toronto’s Lee’s Palace last night.