A recent study commissioned by Radox Spa — a manufacturer of shower and bath products — has resulted in a list of the world’s ten most relaxing songs. The winner? “Weightless” by Marconi Union, which the study’s participants described as more relaxing than even a massage. (Other songs on the study’s list included Enya’s “Watermark”, Coldplay’s “Strawberry Swing”, and Mozart’s “Canzonetta Sull’aria”.)
The song, which the band composed with the help of therapists, contains several elements that cause its ultra-relaxing effects, such as a slowly decreasing rhythm (which slows your heart rate and lowers blood pressure), euphoria-inducing harmonic intervals, and the lack of a repeating melody (“which allows your brain to completely switch off because you are no longer trying to predict what is coming next”).
Now, I don’t know about it being the world’s most relaxing song, but it is a lovely slice of ambience that is a fine example of Marconi Union at their dreamy, somnambulistic best. I’ve embedded the song below, and if you like what you hear, than I highly recommend purchasing a copy of 2005’s Distance.
In related news, Marconi Union’s latest album, Beautifully Falling Apart, is now available.
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