Robert Ellis’ Playlist For Falling Asleep After a Night Out

Robert Ellis’s music has that soulful twang that recalls the best of the alternative country movement of 20 years ago. When we asked Ellis to make us a playlist, we were expecting a list of exactly the kind of songwriters that he recalls — but what we received was very different. This collection of songs demonstrates just how diverse someones tastes and influences can be and is best described in his own words:

This is a playlist of songs I listen to late at night while trying to go to sleep. This playlist should help with coming down off of drugs (spare a few inevitable moments of anxiety). It could also be a playlist to have very strange, intense sex to which is the best kind of sex.


Bill Evans – A Time For Love

This is from a record called Alone. I fell in love with this record around 5 years ago while on tour with Dawes in Europe. I was staying in a hostel in Berlin. There was a dance party happening within ear shot of my shared room (5 beds). I blasted this album over headphones until I could finally fall asleep. A couple hours in I was woken up by two Spanish girls who claimed I had stolen their bed, in a room full of empty beds. I love falling asleep to this album.

Chet Baker – There’s a Lull in My Life

Nobody sings like Chet. This is from a record called Embraceable You. Voice, guitar, and trumpet. Just beautiful. More difficult to sleep to because I can’t help but sing along.

Tim Hecker – In the fog I

Tim Hecker is brilliant. Maybe the best and by far the loudest concert I’ve ever seen. Somewhere in Bushwick. The sound literally blew your clothes against your body. I try and sleep to this often.

Philip Glass – Facades

I’m sure everyone is familiar with this song from the Masterpiece Glassworks.

Bill Evans – Dream Gypsy

More Evans but now with Jim Hall. Listen at 1:19. Jim Hall clearly demonstrates what a total master of time he is. That run makes me pause every time I hear it. These two communicate so well.

Aphex Twin – Alberto Balsalm

My insides feel warm and fuzzy.

Dawn of Midi – Lo

“Dysnomia” was one of my favorite records of 2013. 2013. 2013. 2013. 2013. 2013. 2o13. 2o13. 2o13. 2oI3. 2oI3. Get it?

Kaval Sviri – The Flute Plays

From the “Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares”. Dense harmony. It’s now 7am and the sun is up. You are screwed.

Leo Brouwer, Graham Anthony Devine – Guitar Sonata: I. Fandangos y Boleros

You will feel very anxious until 3:35. You’ve made some very poor decisions. Luckily, at 3:35 all is right in the world…mostly.

John Fahey – In Christ There Is No East or West


  • Roger Dawson

    “The songs that Robert Ellis picked for this playlist shows how diverse his musical tastes are not to mention his brilliant approach to his own music. An old soul who is here to finish his own masterpiece to give to the world on his long journey home. The world is a much better place with incredibly talented artists like Robert Ellis in it.” ~ Roger Dawson

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