Do you chill

So Chill music is a thing. This very minute, I’m tuned into the lo-fi hip hop channel on you-tube, letting the low-beats melt into background noise. It’s like jazz – without the jazz and I guess that’s the problem some people have with it. Whatever your stance, chill.

I enjoy taking a load off as much as the next bozo, and I am grateful for the beauty of ambient music, which intentionally prioritizes mood and feeling over melody and rhythm. But the best ambient music is carefully and artfully composed; it aspires to spark personal catharsis or deep release in a listener. The chill playlists presuppose that listening to music is a passive experience, but one that can facilitate productivity, much in the way that setting the office thermostat to a particular temperature might make people work longer or more attentively.

Read the full article at The New Yorker.