Le Sigh aka Steve Molter has been concentrating on sleeping the last couple of years. No, he is not a scientist or someone who has sleep problems (at least to my knowledge) but someone whose last three albums were entitled Loops for Sleeping. After his first album release entitled An Evening Alone he followed up with his Loops for Sleeping” trilogy, which seems logical to me since I'm usually in bed by 10:30 if I'm hanging by myself. I had the pleasure of getting comfortable with Loops For Sleeping III for a couple of nights which was great except I was out like a light before I got to the end of the track the first time I listened to it. Anyhow the album is simply one 32-minute track that is composed of warm drones and strings that gently rock you back and forth as you close your eyes.
Besides the swells of sounds he adds distant bells that sound comforting and subtle. The music is definitely conducive to sleep but doesn't feel that different than if I was listening to a song from Stars Of the Lid or Max Richter. After falling asleep to Loops For Sleeping III I wanted to give Loops For Sleeping II a try. The first thing I noticed is the song kind of sounds like an extended version of the song “Treefingers” by Radiohead. It feels a bit more alien as if I was submerging my thoughts into terrestrial planets a couple of light years away.
After a couple of nights with Loops For Sleeping II I went back to Loops For Sleeping III. It may have just been coincidence but when I feel asleep to Loops For Sleeping II I had a recurring nightmare that the only food I had available was Pop-Tarts and that my toaster was broken. Loops For Sleeping III is actually a very nice piece to stay awake to as well if you just want to chill and put your mind at ease. The song is like a mantra that just reverberates in your ears and that seems to release a bit a serotonin in your brain. The music doesn't go anywhere but it’s not supposed to. In all honestly I felt like this music did help me catch some Z’s. This wasn't scientifically proven or anything but it did help my brain have something is give its attention to besides my own thoughts. If you are a fan of ambient, chill music in general you should give this a shot. If you are having problems finding Mr. Sandman during the evening you might as well give this a shot and see if it might work for what ails you.
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