Study Tips – Warm Up With Chill Out Music

If you’re reading this from the east coast of Australia, it means you've survived the worst of the Antarctic Vortex with the help of great chill out music. Congratulations.

14 Jul 2015

Aside from being assaulted with frigid sub-polar air, this week also placed us smack bang in the middle of what is traditionally our coldest fortnight of the year. So now is as good a time as any to rug up and get a little introspective, and smash soup and toasties like it’s no one’s business.

Rather than give you the usual study tips, we’ve compiled a list of chill out music with just the right amount of minor chords, emoting, and over-sized scarves to help cram during the coldest of days.

White Winter Hymnal – Fleet Foxes

This song made the list for obvious reasons. But also it has one of the most whimsically depressing clips of all time. But what is winter, if not a time to reflect, right?

Warm Foothills – alt-J

From the band’s second album This Is All Yours, released late last year, Warm Foothills is like slipping on a pair of pre-warmed slippers. The cut and spliced vocals (featuring Conor Oberst, Lianne La Havas, Sivu and Marika Hackman) matched with the dense rhythms have all the complexities of a perfectly prepared hot toddy. Yes, please.

Vance Joy – Georgia

Vance is obviously a man for all seasons. When he isn’t playing plucky little ukulele tunes reminiscent of frangipanis, sea salt and fish and chips, he’s busting out sweet ballads that are like the musical version of a perfectly prepared cheese toasty.

Bon Iver – re: Stacks

Justin Vernon, the mastermind behind Bon Iver, hibernated in a cabin for three months and cracked out an entire debut album (bet he has some serious study tips to share!). This song sounds a little like drinking tea out of a chipped mug while being wrapped in a very old granny-square crochet blanket.

Emiliana Torrini – Snow

This sweet Icelandic songstress’ voice is the aural equivalent of watching soft, fluffy snow falling while sitting beside a crackling fire place. Of course the Queensland version of this is putting on socks with your thongs.

Angus and Julia Stone – Private Lawns

You know what Brisbane felt like this week? The windy city.


How are these study tips working so far? Feeling chill and focused yet? Have a few more tracks.


Mumford & Sons – Winter Winds

Following on from Private Lawns, we’re certainly feeling the winter winds in Brisbane at the moment. But Mumford & Sons will warm any room. Look at those loveable rogues.

Lana Del Ray – Summertime Sadness

There’s something very un-summer about Summertime Sadness. It’s bleak and heart-wrenching and fantastic all at the same time. And it’s the perfect piece of chill out music for those winter days when getting out of bed seems like the worst idea ever.

Ray Lamontagne – Winter Birds

Winter Birds and ode to shorter days, longer nights and that person you’d like to keep warm with.

Lior – Grey Ocean

If the cold weather is making you want to hibernate and indulge in your feelz, this song is perfect. Actually most of the Aussie singer-songwriter’s 2005 debut album Autumn Flow is perfect for cold, blustery winter nights. Maybe he should have called it Winter Flow.

The National – About Today

For those who have farewelled their summer romance and find themselves feeling a little nostalgic, this is either the best or worst song to listen too. It’s stripped back and powerful and full of strings and feelings.

Passenger (feat. Katie Noonan) – Bloodstains.

Perhaps it’s the longer nights, but there’s something about winter that makes us question our life choices. This song is frosty and warm and hopeless and full of hope at the same time.

Sia – Breathe Me

Lush and sensual, Breathe Me is like slipping into a hot bath tub while being fed chicken soup.

Josh Pyke – Warm in Winter

It’s important to find someone who will have your back when the weather gets cold and dark. Even better if they have a cartoon wolf head.

Kanye West – Coldest Winter

It’s not just Kanye’s cold, cold stare that helped get him on this list. This dark, wintery tune harks back to a time in Yeezy’s career before ‘I’mma let you finish’ and Kim K. The world seemed so innocent back then…

Alpine – Foolish

This Melbourne group may have a wintery name, but we’ve tagged Foolish onto the end of the list to give you some hope. We’re half way through winter and it’s only a matter of time before we can all get back to prancing around in adorable summer wear surrounded by flamingos. Let this thought warm your bones.


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