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Topic: Looking for very mellow prog albums
Posted By: Prog_Traveller
Subject: Looking for very mellow prog albums
Date Posted: July 09 2013 at 21:12
I posted something similar  a few years ago but didn't get the kind of response I was looking for. Most of the suggestions seemed too upbeat or something.

I'm looking for stuff that is very mellow, maybe folky, maybe ambient or even symphonic. It can be older or newer. It doesn't matter as long as it's a bit on the sleepy side. I'm looking for stuff to just chill out to in the evenings or maybe even fall asleep to.



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Posted By: pfloyd
Date Posted: July 09 2013 at 21:32
hmmm....

I don't really listen to them myself, but Tangerine Dream is very sleepy from what I have heard.
If you aren't already familiar, some of Camel's stuff is pretty sleepy, specifically Music Inspired by the Snow Goose. Usually when I am in a mellow mood I'll put on Hergest Ridge or Incantations by Mike Oldfield and Rock Bottom by Robert Wyatt.

In terms of more obscure stuff, the album Mixtus Orbis comes to mind. I would also check out the band Setna.

That's all i can think of right now... hope that helps.




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Posted By: Nogbad_The_Bad
Date Posted: July 09 2013 at 21:35
Ambient
Harold Budd - The Pearl
Harold Budd - The White Arcades
John Foxx - Cathedral Oceans
Fripp, Keeling, Singleton - The Wine Of Silence
Steve Roach - Structures From Silence
Steve Roach - Magnificent Void
Folky
Dave Willey - Immeasurable Currents
Roy Harper - Stormcock
3 Mice - Send Me A Postcard
Darkwave
Dead Can Dance - Within The Realm Of A Dying Sun
Dead Can Dance - Spleen & Ideal
Lycia - Cold
Electronic
ARC - Church
ARC - Fracture
Klaus Schulze - X
Klaus Schulze - Body Love
Klaus Schulze - Mirage
Klaus Schulze - Timewind
Radio Massacre International - Emissaries
New Age
Jade Warrior - Way Of The Sun
Jade Warrior - Floating World
Mark Isham - Vapor Drawings
Popul Vuh - Hossiana Mantra
Popul Vuh - In den Garten Paraoh
Travis & Fripp - Follow
Travis & Fripp - Thread
Steve Tibbetts - Yr
Steve Tibbetts - Natural Causes





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Posted By: zeqexes
Date Posted: July 09 2013 at 21:35
Opeth's Damnation is by far their most mellow album, it has no screaming vocals and is great to relax to. Here's the first track:

I personally haven't heard it (apart from a few songs), but Marillion's Less is More album is made up of acoustic/mellow versions of some of their own songs. Here's an example:

Some of the songs on the Mars Volta's Octahedron album are quite mellow too:




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Posted By: Horizons
Date Posted: July 09 2013 at 21:37
Mogwai's Hawk is Howling will be perfect for you. Very memorable, catchy melodies that are very easy to relax to. 

Also the band Enablers is an interesting post-rock band that may appeal to you. 
Post-rock tendencies pop up every so often, but the restrained approach with the spoken-word may tickle your fancy. That's my favorite song by them. 


Forgot:
The Enablers' discography is available here for any price. Feel free to download a free one, but i strongly advise to support these guys. 

I recommend the albums End Note and Blown Realms and Stalled Explosions. 
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Posted By: dwill123
Date Posted: July 09 2013 at 21:50


Posted By: brainstormer
Date Posted: July 09 2013 at 23:00
I don't think you can get much mellower than some songs from Pink Floyd's
Meddle and Obscured by Clouds.  Even earlier, like See Saw are very mellow.

Jon Anderson's Olias of Sunhillow is mellow in places.


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Posted By: Neo-Romantic
Date Posted: July 09 2013 at 23:04
iamthemorning's debut album is very peaceful and has some hints of folk in it. I really like it. There are a couple more upbeat tracks, but they're not too long and the overall atmosphere is quite calming. The album cover depicting the gentle motion of waves says it all.


Posted By: infocat
Date Posted: July 09 2013 at 23:07
I find Per Un Amico (PFM) to be quite relaxing.

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Posted By: The.Crimson.King
Date Posted: July 09 2013 at 23:26
Asia Minor - Between Flesh and Divine
Pulsar - Strands of the Future
Celeste - Celeste
Tangerine Dream - Phaedra
Steve Hackett - Sketches of Satie



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Posted By: Barbu
Date Posted: July 09 2013 at 23:55
Harmonium - Harmonium/Si On Avait Besoin D'Une Cinquième Saison/L'heptade

Carpe Diem - Ceuille Le Jour

Yatha Sidhra - A Meditation Mass

Celeste - Celeste

Mellow (ha!) Candle : Swaddling Songs

Contraction - Contraction/La Bourse ou la Vie

Fuhrs & Frohling - Ammerland

Novalis - Sommerabend

Malicorne.





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Posted By: Tom Ozric
Date Posted: July 10 2013 at 01:17

To name a few which come to mind almost immediately :

Harmonium - Le cinq saisons
Caravan - In The Land Of Grey & Pink
Hugh Hopper/Alan Gowen - Two Rainbows Daily
L'estate di San Martino - Talsete di Marsantino
Far East Family Band - Parallel Worlds
Richard Wright - Wet Dream
Opeth - Damnation
Sebastian Hardie - Four Moments
Eberhard Weber - Fluid Rustle
Celeste - Celeste
Will O-The-Wisp - A Gift For Your Dreams/Ceremony Of Innocense
Brian Auger's Oblivion Express - Straight Ahead
plus lots of Camel, Floyd, Nektar, Eloy, Pulsar, Astra, and one heck of a mellow album, though non-prog - Dino Valente's solo album from 1968, which is one of the most mellow albums I've ever heard. 
 


Posted By: tszirmay
Date Posted: July 10 2013 at 01:27
Originally posted by dwill123 dwill123 wrote:


THAT is Brilliant ! Spectacular piece of genius !


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Posted By: someone_else
Date Posted: July 10 2013 at 02:45
A recently released one (strongly recommended):

You Have a Chance - Camelias Garden (now on http://www.progstreaming.com/_wb/pages/play-album.php?activeAlbum=00416%20-%20Camelias%20Garden%20-%20You%20Have%20A%20Chance" rel="nofollow - progstreaming and http://cameliasgarden.bandcamp.com/" rel="nofollow - bandcamp ).

A bit more Olias-like and with some New Age tendencies: Johannes Luley's Tales from Sheepfather's Grove.

Also worth a try: I a Moon - North Sea Radio Orchestra

Older albums:
The Geese and the Ghost - Anthony Phillips


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Posted By: Mascodagama
Date Posted: July 10 2013 at 04:20
Mark Hollis, eponymous album
Bark Psychosis, Hex

Would love to have recommended the last two Talk Talk albums here because they are so great, but...noisy bits. However if you like the Hollis you'd want to hear them.

On the folky side:

The Pentangle, all the early albums are good, the first (eponymous) album is the best
John Martyn, Solid Air
Fairport Convention, What We Did On Our Holidays
Fotheringay, eponymous
Tiny Island, eponymous (not on PA but could be...)


Posted By: Smurph
Date Posted: July 10 2013 at 05:32
Locanda Delle Fete

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Posted By: Earthmover
Date Posted: July 10 2013 at 06:40
King Crimson's Islands can be a very mellow album imo.

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Posted By: jazzcomputer
Date Posted: July 10 2013 at 06:48
Originally posted by Prog_Traveller Prog_Traveller wrote:


I'm looking for stuff that is very mellow, maybe folky, maybe ambient or even symphonic. It can be older or newer. It doesn't matter as long as it's a bit on the sleepy side. I'm looking for stuff to just chill out to in the evenings or maybe even fall asleep to.



Hi. About Ambient / Prog / Electronic, wouldn't you give a try to my albums ? You can download them for free on the web site. No one ever told me that it could be some mellow stuff Smile, but why not, just tell me... Maybe should you start with the album called Elsewhere ?

http://www.jazzcomputer.org/" rel="nofollow - http://www.jazzcomputer.org/

http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=6456" rel="nofollow - http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=6456

Have a nice time,

Yves.


Posted By: brainstormer
Date Posted: July 10 2013 at 10:28
This is a great thread.  I haven't checked all the suggestions yet but I know it's hard to find mellow
music that doesn't sound derivative of something that is kind of cliche.  Mellow Jazz comes to mind,
which to me, isn't Mellow Prog Rock.  "Geese and the Ghost" was a great suggestion.  Any kind of
repeated blues riffing, like even on Hugh Hopper & Alan Gowen - Two Rainbows Daily's title track, kind of takes
me out of that mellow I feel in early Pink Floyd.   I haven't heard that whole album, I love the title,
just the songs on YouTube.  I guess for some of us blues scales becomes the opposite
of mellow.  You might do well searching out mellow classical that you like.  Ralph Vaughn Williams,
Satie, Debussy, Ravel, Brahms,  Arvo Parte (I wouldn't use the word mellow but maybe "gentle"), and
much Medieval classical, of which there are hundreds of examples,  come to mind. 


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Posted By: Second Life Syndrome
Date Posted: July 10 2013 at 15:11
One album: Riversea - "Out of an Ancient World" 

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Posted By: ClemofNazareth
Date Posted: July 10 2013 at 15:54
Someone already mentioned Will-o-the Wisp which was the first band that came to mind. Also

Faun Fables - Transit Rider
Pearls Before Swine - The Use of Ashes
It's a Beautiful Day - s/t
Nanook of the North - The Taby Tapes
Loudest Whisper - The Children of Lir
In the Labyrinth - Walking on Clouds
Oliver -Standing Stone
Rabih Abou-Kahlil - Bitter Harvest
The Enid - Aerie Faerie Nonsense
Stone Angel - s/t and Circle of Leaves
Roger Ridier - Upon Velveatur


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Posted By: Windhawk
Date Posted: July 10 2013 at 16:38
Green Carnation's "Acoustic Verses" is an album that might be of interest.




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Posted By: Windhawk
Date Posted: July 10 2013 at 16:40
Canturbe's "Sociedad secreta de melancólicos" is another possible option.




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Posted By: Windhawk
Date Posted: July 10 2013 at 16:41
Oh, and the music of http://rickmiller.bandcamp.com/" rel="nofollow - Canadian Rick Miller might also apply.

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Posted By: maani
Date Posted: July 10 2013 at 17:23
I highly recommend After Crying's "Megalázottak és megszomorítottak." In fact, almost anything by them is worthwhile in the genre you are looking for. This Hungarian band is made up mostly of musicians who actually play with symphony and other orchestras in Hungary. They are superbly accomplished musicians (particularly the cellist and trumpet player - though the violinist and pianist are also excellent.) Most of their music is instrumental, though they sometimes add very tasteful, mostly quiet vocals (in Hungarian, of course...).

In fact, I would recommend the Megalazottak album to any prog fan here who has not heard this band yet. They deserve far more attention than they have ever gotten.

Peace.


Posted By: Prog_Traveller
Date Posted: July 10 2013 at 19:18
Great lists everyone!Smile Some of these I am familiar with and some of those I don't consider all that mellow. I can understand Camel or even Pink Floyd but Caravan's "in the land of grey and pink?!!!! Have you listened to "nine feet underground" lately? Not very mellow in my opinion although it is a great album.  Also, surprised no one has mentioned Anthony Phillips and also come to think of it some Steve Hackett.

I was kind of expecting more post rock stuff so if anyone can recommend stuff that falls into that genre I would appreciate it. I know there were a few mentioned. Speaking of which I am surprised to not see any mention of Sigur Ros or Godspeed you black emperor. Keep the lists coming! Smile


Posted By: dr wu23
Date Posted: July 10 2013 at 21:41
I would add Moody Blues and Renaissance......about as mellow as it gets.
Yak is very nice also.


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Posted By: Ambient Hurricanes
Date Posted: July 10 2013 at 21:56
Try anything by Iona.  Folksy-Celtic-New Age type stuff combined with prog rock.  They're one of the greatest bands in the world, but barely get any attention.  Much of their music is very mellow, soothing, and uplifting.

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Posted By: Barbu
Date Posted: July 10 2013 at 22:07
^ Seconded. Awesome music.

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Posted By: progbethyname
Date Posted: July 10 2013 at 22:18
I found a lot of Porcupine Tree's LIGHT BULB SUN to be very mellow and sedative at times.
;)

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Posted By: AreYouHuman
Date Posted: July 10 2013 at 22:25

Pearls Before Swine – The Use of Ashes already came up, and I would also heartily recommend These Things Too (still my favorite of theirs).
John G. Perry – Sunset Wading. His first solo album, headphones especially recommended.
Jade Warrior – Waves. Same as above.
The Long Hello – The Long Hello
Kayak – any of them, esp. Phantom of the Night, See See the Sun, Royal Bed Bouncer.


Posted By: Tom Ozric
Date Posted: July 11 2013 at 00:10
Originally posted by Prog_Traveller Prog_Traveller wrote:

Caravan's "in the land of grey and pink?!!!! Have you listened to "nine feet underground" lately? Not very mellow in my opinion
How so ??  Confused


Posted By: Prog_Traveller
Date Posted: July 11 2013 at 00:44
^ Just listen to it, especially the last five minutes. If the last five or six minutes is mellow to you then you don't know what mellow is. Smile

This reminds me of something I need to mention. I am looking for albums that are mellow the entire way through(not just one or two songs).


Posted By: infocat
Date Posted: July 11 2013 at 01:51
I wonder if Agalloch's The Mantle fits the bill.

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Posted By: progbethyname
Date Posted: July 11 2013 at 01:58
Originally posted by infocat infocat wrote:

I wonder if Agalloch's The Mantle fits the bill.



Some lovely, yet soft acoustic guitar parts on it indeed! But, I Dont think its a mellow album.
It's a moody son of a bitch. ;)

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Posted By: tszirmay
Date Posted: July 11 2013 at 02:44

Mellow is my bag, especially lately and as one grows more mature, the sheen becomes even brighter with the “soft “stuff.

My friend Colin Mold has two prog-folk classics, especially the stellar “A Girl on the Castle Steps”, a revealing voice and instrumentalist extraordinaire.

Colin Edwin- Jon Durant – Burnt Belief is a stunner, a recording that sounds like nothing else out there beyond the stars instrumentals that will knock you sideways

Gian Castello- both “Taliesin” and “I segni Segreti” are medieval dreamscapes of the very highest order , musicianship at the service of melody. Super seductive!

Fauns from Berlin are prog-folk troubadours as well as fellow Germans Frequency Drift .

Dave Minasian has a unique gem with “Random Acts of Beauty”, sensational melodies and brilliant playing all around, including an Andy Latimer foray that is one of his finest! Symphonic, euphoric and satisfying.

Shine Dion from Norway had 2 killer albums, “Killandra” and “Wyn”, both glacial versions of Gian Castello , with the sublime voice of Janne Hansen will settle your tired mind and let you drift.

Sunscape has a self-titled album and nothing more But what a masterpiece! Dreamy, suave, oppressive in a good way.

Anathema is very relaxing but in a powerful way, as both “We Are Here Because We are Here” and “Weather Systems” are superb examples of adrenalin reflux with a little testosterone to boot.

Vienna Circle has 2 releases as well, the amazing debut White Clouds and Silhouette Moon are dependable voyages into the languid beauty, in a perhaps poppier way but with melodies this good, you can’t go wrong.

The 3 Trion albums are little mellotron-infested jewels that glitter nicely with fellow Dutchmen Odyssice , also owners of a trio of discs , both guitar extravaganzas as well, so its stunning.

Yak has an album called “The Journey of the Yak” and well, simply marvelous.  

The first two Lunatic Soul albums are splendid escapist moodscapes, very sad and melancholic.

Oldfield- “Voyager” or “Light + Shade” are tremendous discs

Anthony Phillips “The Geese and the Ghost” or “Slowdance”

Nine Stones Close-“Traces” and “One Eye on the Sunrise”

For now but I have many more  , I will keep you posted



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Posted By: Sagichim
Date Posted: July 11 2013 at 04:21
Jade Warrior - Breathing The Storm / Waves

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Posted By: Tom Ozric
Date Posted: July 11 2013 at 04:32
Originally posted by Prog_Traveller Prog_Traveller wrote:

^ Just listen to it, especially the last five minutes. If the last five or six minutes is mellow to you then you don't know what mellow is. Smile

This reminds me of something I need to mention. I am looking for albums that are mellow the entire way through(not just one or two songs).
Gotcha !!!


Posted By: dr wu23
Date Posted: July 11 2013 at 22:43
I , and tszirmay, mentioned Yak .......imo it is mellow all the way through
 
 
 
 
I also find this very relaxing......
 
 


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Posted By: dr wu23
Date Posted: July 13 2013 at 10:20
Been sampling Big Big Train English Electric 2 and it certainly qualifies as mellow.....imo a bit too mellow compared to part 1

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Posted By: Horizons
Date Posted: July 13 2013 at 11:55
A quick review on the front page gave me that feeling too. Honestly if you're a Big Big Train fan, then i would work your way backward from The Difference Machine. That and Gathering Speed are both real quality stuff. 

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Posted By: dr wu23
Date Posted: July 13 2013 at 12:06
Originally posted by Horizons Horizons wrote:

A quick review on the front page gave me that feeling too. Honestly if you're a Big Big Train fan, then i would work your way backward from The Difference Machine. That and Gathering Speed are both real quality stuff. 
I don't consider myself a 'fan', but I do like Electric part 1, ....I'll give the ones you mentioned a listen

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Posted By: Horizons
Date Posted: July 13 2013 at 12:13
Originally posted by dr wu23 dr wu23 wrote:

Originally posted by Horizons Horizons wrote:

A quick review on the front page gave me that feeling too. Honestly if you're a Big Big Train fan, then i would work your way backward from The Difference Machine. That and Gathering Speed are both real quality stuff. 
I don't consider myself a 'fan', but I do like Electric part 1, ....I'll give the ones you mentioned a listen

Underfall Yard is a masterpiece not to overlook so maybe that should be first. I'd be surprised if you dislike that. 


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Posted By: Mythical Mike
Date Posted: July 20 2013 at 20:21
Looking for mellow progressive rock albums, look no further.

Camel Moonmadness, Kaipa Solo, and Maneige Ni Vent... Ni Nouvelle





Posted By: Memory Cube
Date Posted: July 20 2013 at 20:38
Tangerine Dream's "Rubycon" and Far East Family Band's "Parallel World" are great albums to help you transcend.


Posted By: Fox On The Rocks
Date Posted: July 24 2013 at 22:54
Mellow mannn, you want melllooww?

I'd say you look in the Post Rock direction of things. Ambient as well. You're not gonig to find two many really chill albums in Prog Rock, at least from my experience. I could give you tons of rec from other genres that'd be more appropriate - ala Electronic, Freak Folk, Jazz.

Here's a couple (prog related):

Valtari - Sigur Ros
Within And Without - Washed Out (Chillwave. I think it's progressive, at least it's appeal to a fan of experimental music)
Pause - Four Tet (IDM, Post Rock)
An Awesome Wave - Alt J (Indie/ Art Rock with a lot of diverse influences)
Laughing Stock - Talk Talk
Mark Hollis solo
13.0000 - This Town Needs Guns
American Football
Pygmalion - Slowdive
Riceboy Sleeps - Jonsi And Alex
The Campfire Headphase - Boards Of Canada
Neu! '75 - Neu!
Mala - Devendra Banhart (Freak Folk/Indie. The guy's soo chill, ya got to listen to it regardless)



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Posted By: Drew
Date Posted: July 24 2013 at 22:58
What's more chill than this?




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Posted By: Tom Ozric
Date Posted: July 25 2013 at 00:28
Originally posted by Fox On The Rocks Fox On The Rocks wrote:

Mellow mannn, you want melllooww?

Neu! '75 - Neu!


How could you say that, Fox ??  Side 2 is borderline psychotic.............


Posted By: Fox On The Rocks
Date Posted: July 25 2013 at 13:08
Originally posted by Tom Ozric Tom Ozric wrote:

Originally posted by Fox On The Rocks Fox On The Rocks wrote:

Mellow mannn, you want melllooww?

Neu! '75 - Neu!


How could you say that, Fox ??  Side 2 is borderline psychotic.............

Ohh yeeeah. My bad. LOL Maybe the debut then?


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Posted By: Fox On The Rocks
Date Posted: July 25 2013 at 13:10
No, what am I saying. The debut's chalk full of crazy German weirdness. Yeeaah


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Posted By: Fox On The Rocks
Date Posted: July 25 2013 at 13:12
Oh yes, I totally forgot about Ghost. That whole album is just beautiful and so relaxing. Takes you a sonic journey - one of my favs.


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Posted By: richardh
Date Posted: July 25 2013 at 15:10
Chris Fry (Magenta) - from his wonderfull album Composed
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WefgI5o1OzU" rel="nofollow - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WefgI5o1OzU


some classic  'new age':
Stephen Caudel 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebaGuCID83s" rel="nofollow - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebaGuCID83s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwHSfFizXVw" rel="nofollow - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwHSfFizXVw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toe7mhCrFwE" rel="nofollow - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toe7mhCrFwE

Mark Isham
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lfGUITLi30" rel="nofollow - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lfGUITLi30
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGzzZ6eUWII" rel="nofollow - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGzzZ6eUWII
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U53g8Fgcdt4" rel="nofollow - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U53g8Fgcdt4

and Keith Emerson (from his very chilled out album Honky)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KwLTKdQ4WY" rel="nofollow - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KwLTKdQ4WY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_77CB4elSQE" rel="nofollow - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_77CB4elSQE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5xqh0wENJU" rel="nofollow - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5xqh0wENJU





Posted By: progbethyname
Date Posted: July 25 2013 at 19:02
I think ANATHEMA's WEATHER SYSTEMS is quite mellow with in the symphonic prog/rock genre. Very easy going and full of emotion as well. :)

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Posted By: Guldbamsen
Date Posted: July 25 2013 at 19:37
Franco Falsini's soundtrack for the movie Nasso Freddo (Cold Nose) is very mellow and dreamy/the film didn't happen though as far as I can remember). It's largely an electronic release, but there's a lot of beautiful guitar trickery in there as well. Great chill out album:



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Posted By: progbethyname
Date Posted: July 25 2013 at 22:31
BELIEVE--Yesterday is a friend.

Extremly mellow prog album that features a lot of acoustic guitar and the violin.
Soft, easy listening. Very melodic. Highly recommend this one. :)

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Posted By: richardh
Date Posted: July 26 2013 at 01:22
Synth albums are a bit obvious for this thread but I think the following would fit the bill nicely

Tangerine Dream - Canyon Dreams
Neuronium - Synapsia
Vangelis - Soil Festivities
Edgar Froese - Epsilon In Malaysian Pale
Eddie Jobson - Theme Of Secrets
Chris Franke - Pacific Coast Highway

there are tons more though



Posted By: bloodnarfer
Date Posted: August 30 2013 at 13:05
Gazpacho - Night




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Posted By: Chozal
Date Posted: August 30 2013 at 16:22
Si on avait besoin d'une cinquième saison

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Posted By: progbethyname
Date Posted: August 31 2013 at 17:29

Godspeed you! Black Emperor!

Hauntingly mellow and Beautiful. Can't ask for much more. ;)

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Posted By: Dellinger
Date Posted: August 31 2013 at 23:04
I just read this thread a little bit rushed, so I might have gone through some things unnoticed. From what I read, I agree with Anthony Phillips "The Geese and the Ghost", and Opeth's "Damnation". Still, I don't recall seeing the "Storm Corrosion" album listed here, and I guess you could hardly go more mellow than that... though in an obscure kind of way. And perhaps even Alcest's "Ecailles de Lune" wold do... perhaps the only metal album (and with some sort of grunting at that) I know which could be called mellow and relaxing... but this one is both things (metal and mellow) at the same time, which would seem to be to mutually excluding qualities in music (and it's not like Damnation, which is a mellow album with no metal from a metal band, nor like other bands that have metal elements and mellow elements in different parts of their songs/albums).

Some Rick Wakeman albums should do well too, like perhaps "The 7 Wonders of the World" (or the "Middle Earth" one, which is just about the same album), or "Stella Bianca a la corte di re Ferdinand", or several of his New Age or Piano albums (most of which I don't know). Or the John Petrucci and Jordan Rudess album.


Posted By: infocat
Date Posted: August 31 2013 at 23:19
Try this out:

http://lostkite.bandcamp.com/" rel="nofollow">Lost Kite

http://lostkite.bandcamp.com/" rel="nofollow - http://lostkite.bandcamp.com/


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Posted By: Earthmover
Date Posted: September 01 2013 at 06:22
Originally posted by progbethyname progbethyname wrote:


Godspeed you! Black Emperor!

Hauntingly mellow and Beautiful. Can't ask for much more. ;)
That made me laugh.


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Posted By: cstack3
Date Posted: September 01 2013 at 15:54
Originally posted by mister nobody mister nobody wrote:

Originally posted by progbethyname progbethyname wrote:


Godspeed you! Black Emperor!

Hauntingly mellow and Beautiful. Can't ask for much more. ;)
That made me laugh.

Me too! LOL

I find that most prog albums have one or two mellow songs mixed in with more aggressive/bombastic material.  It might be easier to assemble a playlist from a number of bands, as I can't think of many prog albums that are 100% mellow.  

Bands with some nice mellow material include Wishbone Ash, The Strawbs, and, as pointed out, numerous solo albums by folks like Wakeman, Hackett and others.  

Have fun, it will be a fun project!  Don't forget Godspeed you! Black Emperor now!  


Posted By: Earthmover
Date Posted: September 01 2013 at 17:07
Yeah. And while you're at it, why don't you try Kayo Dot, Deafheaven, The Mars Volta and Mastodon? All great mellow bands!

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Posted By: Horizons
Date Posted: September 01 2013 at 17:18
GY!BE isn't that strange of a suggestion. Sure they may have that wall of noise effect once they peak, but even some of them are a weirdly sort of mellow, from the speed. Then the rest of the material is ambient and minimalist. 

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Posted By: Earthmover
Date Posted: September 01 2013 at 17:25
I really can't see them as being mellow. I understand what you're saying and I know the feeling, but I wouldn't define that as mellow. 

Godspeed is a good general suggestion for anyone, but if they're looking for mellow music, they'd better put on some Tangerine Dream or maybe Tortoise.


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Posted By: Horizons
Date Posted: September 01 2013 at 17:35
Tortoise would be better true, but GY!BE can certainly be viewed as mellowed by "the generic public". I'd agree it can be pretty general suggestion, but that doesn't mean it's a bad one ;3

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Date Posted: September 01 2013 at 18:25


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Posted By: progbethyname
Date Posted: September 02 2013 at 01:36
Originally posted by mister nobody mister nobody wrote:


Originally posted by progbethyname progbethyname wrote:


Godspeed you! Black Emperor!

Hauntingly mellow and Beautiful. Can't ask for much more. ;)

That made me laugh.


I thought people who know of them would find that funny. I actually find the album Lift Your Skinny Fists like Antennas to Hell quite sedative. Makes me mellow and kind of uneasy all at the same time.

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Posted By: progbethyname
Date Posted: September 02 2013 at 01:38
Originally posted by cstack3 cstack3 wrote:


Originally posted by mister nobody mister nobody wrote:


Originally posted by progbethyname progbethyname wrote:


Godspeed you! Black Emperor!

Hauntingly mellow and Beautiful. Can't ask for much more. ;)

That made me laugh.
Me too! LOL
I find that most prog albums have one or two mellow songs mixed in with more aggressive/bombastic material.  It might be easier to assemble a playlist from a number of bands, as I can't think of many prog albums that are 100% mellow.  
Bands with some nice mellow material include Wishbone Ash, The Strawbs, and, as pointed out, numerous solo albums by folks like Wakeman, Hackett and others.  
Have fun, it will be a fun project!  Don't forget Godspeed you! Black Emperor now!  


Oh well I won't.

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Posted By: progbethyname
Date Posted: September 02 2013 at 01:46
Ok to be 100% serious this time cause I do want to help.

Jim Matheos--First Impressions. It's an instrumental album sans the voice that features the lovely, soft acoustic guitar, and a few string instruments like the Violin, cello and Harp. It's really well done.

Another would be Charlie Dominici and his first solo album trilogy pt 1.
It's extreamly mellow.

And lastly...to be a complete ass as well. ROCKABYE BABY: Lullaby renditions of Tool.
It'll work!

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Posted By: Svetonio
Date Posted: September 02 2013 at 03:32
 
http://thevorticists.com/" rel="nofollow - http://thevorticists.com/
My fav one by many of new bands who released thier debut albums in this decade, and exactly what Prog_Traveller is looking for.
 
The Vorticists released one full lenght studio album (Show) and two studio EPs; all is very mellow and for "likes of late 90s Radiohead and late 60s The Beatles more than anything" as Windhawk wrote in his great review http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=7188#reviews" rel="nofollow - http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=7188#reviews
 
p.s. All their albums are  "name your price" releases.
 


Posted By: gr8dane
Date Posted: September 05 2013 at 17:50
I find 
Spring
Cressida
England - Garden Shed
nice and mellow with a fair bit of mellotron.

Just discovered a nice folky westcoast band Treetop Flyers,kinda like America,CSN&Y with some Fleet Foxes.
Excellent stuff and mellowish. 


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Posted By: schizoidman
Date Posted: September 06 2013 at 13:16
Rather than list albums I've tried to select a few of my favorite mellow prog and prog related songs for you:
 
Jade Warior - Borne on the Solar Wind
 
Weather Report - A Remark You Made, Procession, I'll Never Forget You, Indiscretions, Dream Clock, Gibraltar
 
Brooklyn Funk Essentials - Take the L Train (to 8th Avenue)
 
Charles Mingus - Goodbye Porkpie Hat
 
Future Sound of London - All is Harvest
 
Joe Zawinul - Doctor Honoris Causa
 
Ludovico Einaudi - Primavera
 
Miles Davis - Summertime
 
Penguin Cafe Orchestra - Scherzo and Trio, Perpetuum Mobile
 
Stanley Clarke - Quiet Afternoon
 
Underworld - Sola Sistim, Eight Ball, Cups
 
Pure Reason Revolution - Aeropause
 
The XX - Intro
 
The Yardbirds - White Summer
 
 
 


Posted By: dr wu23
Date Posted: September 06 2013 at 14:37
Anything  by Traffic, Renaissance and Espers...oh and White willow.


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Posted By: Prog_Traveller
Date Posted: September 06 2013 at 16:26
I've heard GYBE. Personally I think Sigur Ros would be a better recommendation for mellow based on what I've heard.


Posted By: progbethyname
Date Posted: September 07 2013 at 15:35
Artesia's Hilvern album.

Soft-choir arrangements from the French duo Agathe and gaëlle. Lovely Violin too. Highly recommend this.



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Posted By: schizoidman
Date Posted: September 07 2013 at 17:01
I think this is the album you have been looking for.

Ian Anderson's "Divinities: Twelve Dances with God". A perfect marriage of Anderson's signature Tull modus operandi & the tasteful orchestrations of Andrew Giddings. 47:03 minutes of heaven.

http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=3809" rel="nofollow - Link to PA review


Posted By: Prog-jester
Date Posted: September 07 2013 at 18:57
Originally posted by maani maani wrote:

I highly recommend After Crying's "Megalázottak és megszomorítottak."

this!

Second on later-days Talk Talk recommendations. Also while listening to Gazpacho's "Night" check another Scandinavian mellowers Airbag

Dunno about GY!BE and the likes, there are loads of more mellow stuff from post-rockers, Canadians have always been too "quiet/loud" dynamically to be mellow. Try Mark Kozelek/Jimmy LaValle 2013' collaboration, it's simply breathtaking


Posted By: mongofa
Date Posted: September 08 2013 at 00:46
How bout Penguin Café Orchestra

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Posted By: schizoidman
Date Posted: September 08 2013 at 12:02
Originally posted by mongofa mongofa wrote:

How bout Penguin Café Orchestra


Agree. I listed two of their tracks, Scherzo and Trio and Perpetuum Mobile, above, but any of their albums would be what Prog_Traveller is looking for. http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5956" rel="nofollow - Link to PA Penguin Cafe Orchestra page


Posted By: Cirrusminor
Date Posted: September 09 2013 at 15:30
Electronic: ASHRA, New Age of Earth.
Acoustic (or semi): ITHACA, A Game for All Who Know.
I like both.
But rememeber: "It doesn't matter as long as it's a bit on the sleepy side". You said...


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Posted By: schizoidman
Date Posted: September 09 2013 at 22:47
This is a great album to relax to: Low Symphony from the Music of David Bowie and Brian Eno by Philip Glass



Posted By: schizoidman
Date Posted: September 11 2013 at 14:17
Laurie Anderson's first album from 1982 "Big Science".
 
Link to PA page: http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=32013" rel="nofollow - http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=32013
 


Posted By: Xonty
Date Posted: September 11 2013 at 14:29
It depends what sort of prog you want but something folky is "Si On Avait..." by Harmounium. Other stuff is like the Canterbury Scene as already mentioned like Robert Wyatt (especially Rock Bottom) and Caravan - In The Land Of Grey And Pink amongst others. I just forgot another one but I'll edit if I remember Stern Smile


Posted By: nichobert
Date Posted: September 14 2013 at 13:45
First post.. Full disclosure..I'm a big fan of Phish.. And lately i've been wondering about some of their more tranquil / graceful /  beautiful compositions and improvisational segments and  realizing that I'm not aware of much music that it reminds me of. If I had to guess, it would be a  baseline of Eno but with a busier melodic superstructure, something like Penguin Cafe Orchestra by way of the Soft Machine or something..

Really, I'm on the lookout for prog/kraut/psych/post-rock bands that sound like any of the following..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-wRas00E9s" rel="nofollow - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-wRas00E9s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKmIV1SY9gY" rel="nofollow - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKmIV1SY9gY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=7z15ORtarX4#t=407
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=1QFP6h31-9Q#t=337
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=gybxcC7QNWk#t=578
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=RIM-MHZtC4Q#t=489

Any help would be super awesome. Just think.. you could school all the Phish nerds out there who either have no idea where this sound comes from, or just aren't telling me ;)



Posted By: aapatsos
Date Posted: September 14 2013 at 17:48
Just came back from a MOON SAFARI gig - try them out, I would consider them very mellow...

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Posted By: progbethyname
Date Posted: September 15 2013 at 18:22
I don't believe I mentioned Vangelis's El Greco album.
It's actually one of his best works. I highly recommend this album.
I've listened to it playing on my stereo so many nights while I fall asleep.
It's a very relaxing album. Mellow in every sense of the word. :)

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Posted By: kenethlevine
Date Posted: September 15 2013 at 20:05
surprised I haven't weighed in on this one yet.  
Anyways, here is my list.  Lots of Italians in there, with some Germans and Brits, only a few Americans

AMAZING BLONDEL - most of their 1970s albums, but not "Bad Dreams"
ANGELO BRANDUARDI - Cogli la Prima Mela and La Pulce D'Acqua"
Camel - A Nod and a Wink (they have quite a few mellow albums but most have heavier passages.  I can't recall any on here)
IL CASTELLO DI ATLANTE - Sono lo Il Singnore Delle Terre a Nord
Celeste - Principe di un Giorno
Cooperativa della Latte - Il Risveglio
Corde Oblique - all
Dead Can Dance - Into the Labyrinth
Decameron - Say Hello to the Band
Dice (Germany) - Dice in Space and Within vs Without Next Part
Earth and Fire - Song of the Marching Children and Atlantis
Eden - Erwartung
Enbor - Enbor
Eris Pluvia - Rings of Earhly LIght
MAGMA (the Argentinian group) - both albums, great but hard to find
Faun - Licht
Faveravola - Contea Dei Cento Castagni
Daniel Gauthier - Above the Storm
Hostsonaten - Mirrorgames
Illusion - THrough the Fire
Jade Warrior - Way of the Sun
James McCarty - Out of the Dark
Midlake - Trials of Van Occupanther and Courage of Others
Mr Gil - I want to get you back Home
Mr Toad - Trench Art
Sally Oldfield - most of her work to 1983
Oloferne - s/t
Le Orme - Uomo di Pezza, Felona and Serona, Florian, Il Fiume, Elementi and Infinito are all pretty mellow and very good
Pearls before Swine- Use of Ashes
Pererin - Haul Ar y Eira and Teithgan
Ptarmigan - s/t
Renaissance - Ashes are Burning (except last couple minutes), Turn of the Cards, Scheherazade, Novella
Rousseau - Retreat
Snowdonia - Pallas
Strawbs - Sandy and the Strawbs, Dragonfly (apart from the epic), From the Witchwood
Alan Stivell - Renaissance de la Harpe Celtique and Reflets
David Sylvian - Gone to Earth and Secrets of the beehive
Aldo Tagliapietra - nella pietra e nel vento
Tangerine Dream - Stratosfear
Stefano Testa - Una vita Una baleina blanca y altre cose
Tir na Nog - Tear and a Smile
Transience - Sliding
White Willow - Ignis Fatuus and Sacrament
Woven Hand - Mosaic (very disturbing but pretty mellow)



Posted By: ghost_of_morphy
Date Posted: September 16 2013 at 10:30
I was listening to Flags by Patrick Moraz and Bill Bruford last night.  That was pretty mellow.

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Posted By: Guldbamsen
Date Posted: September 16 2013 at 11:22
Originally posted by nichobert nichobert wrote:

First post.. Full disclosure..I'm a big fan of Phish.. And lately i've been wondering about some of their more tranquil / graceful /  beautiful compositions and improvisational segments and  realizing that I'm not aware of much music that it reminds me of. If I had to guess, it would be a  baseline of Eno but with a busier melodic superstructure, something like Penguin Cafe Orchestra by way of the Soft Machine or something..

Really, I'm on the lookout for prog/kraut/psych/post-rock bands that sound like any of the following..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-wRas00E9s" rel="nofollow - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-wRas00E9s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKmIV1SY9gY" rel="nofollow - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKmIV1SY9gY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=7z15ORtarX4#t=407
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=1QFP6h31-9Q#t=337
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=gybxcC7QNWk#t=578
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=RIM-MHZtC4Q#t=489

Any help would be super awesome. Just think.. you could school all the Phish nerds out there who either have no idea where this sound comes from, or just aren't telling me ;)



I hope you return to the siteSmile 
If for nothing else to check out these, may I say, fantastic recommendations of mine (hoho)

First of all, what you need is some Krautrock. I'm not sure if you know the style, but it is far more than the avantguarde brand of music, many people convey it as.
For a Phish fan, you can't go wrong with Agitation Free. In fact, this should be your new favourite band methinks.
Here are some clips for ya: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oap7via5Hts" rel="nofollow - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oap7via5Hts
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdBiIXhVC_Y" rel="nofollow - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdBiIXhVC_Y

How about some Yatha Sidhra? That is, if you can handle a little sheepheard's flute...:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7T420v4rlo" rel="nofollow - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7T420v4rlo

Or perhaps the wonderful laid-back stylings of Popol Vuh's Letzte Tage, Letzte Nacthe:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2JnTD4rooc" rel="nofollow - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2JnTD4rooc

Gila's debut is also fabulously soothing and psychedelic:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzvtkBPc7H4" rel="nofollow - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzvtkBPc7H4

I'm thinking you probably already know The Grateful Dead, but if you haven't yet dived into their discography, then I heartily recommend the live albums called Dick's Picks. Here's Dark Star:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DosnGkDC3MU" rel="nofollow - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DosnGkDC3MU

Let me know what you think of these. I've got a truck load more where they came from.

Cheers
David



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Posted By: someone_else
Date Posted: September 20 2013 at 05:07
I am listening to Nosound's Afterthoughts right now. Rather dreamy stuff, a bit on the quiet side of the Porcupine Tree spectrum.
May be worth checking out. It's on http://www.progstreaming.com/_wb/pages/play-album.php?activeAlbum=00483%20-%20Nosound%20-%20Afterthoughts" rel="nofollow - progstreaming.com now.

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Posted By: timothy leary
Date Posted: September 20 2013 at 11:15
David Minasian.......Random Acts of Beauty
Camel...........Rajaz
Gazpacho........Night


Posted By: Guldbamsen
Date Posted: September 20 2013 at 17:29
 Needn't look any furtherWink


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Posted By: AnonymousLoner
Date Posted: September 20 2013 at 17:35
Anyone know any bands or songs very similar to Pink Floyd's "Breathe In The Air"? Also, in general, something either extremely mellow or something that's only somewhat mellow.

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Posted By: AreYouHuman
Date Posted: September 20 2013 at 21:46
^Here’s a thread that might be of help:

http://www.progarchives.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=77868&KW=pink+floyd&PN=1



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