Favorite Songs of 2010, #8

(This is our 3rd annual “Favorite Songs” series. It’s a forum for Range Life friends and family to share and celebrate the songs that moved us and meant something to us in 2010. Songs are presented in no particular order. We’re posting weekdays until we’re spent, so keep checking back. Submissions are welcome! Send a song link and whatever you want to write to zach@rangeliferecords.com)

Maybe it’s because our culture is in chaos, but 2010 was a particularly good year for what you could loosely call “ambient” music. am*bi*ent adj. Surrounding; encircling. The music that does this tends to forgo the pop structure of verses and choruses, is often instrumental, and succeeds or fails to the extent that it seeps into the cracks, fills the empty space, relaxes you, sends you daydreaming…  These tracks are instant escapes, mirrored-shades, stoned trips to the ear masseuse for a desperately needed rubdown. And, oh yeah, they’re happy-endings. — Zaguar

1. “Sparkly Portal” by Many Mansions // Song Link: Pitchfork Forkcast

2. “Flooded Forest” by CVLTS // Song Link: Altered Zones

3. “Soft Vision” by Tropics // Song Link: Pitchfork Forkcast

4. “Rafting Starlit Everglades” by Baths // Song Link: YouTube

5. “Lalibela” by Caribou // Song Link: aw music (mp3)

6. “Feeling Today” by Abacus // Song Link: Pitchfork Forkcast

7. “Dive” by Infinite Body // Song Link: Pitchfork Forkcast

8. “The Silhouettes” by Sam Prekop // Song Link: Stereogum

9. “Microrangers” by CVLTS // Song Link: Altered Zones

10. “We Have To Know” by Blackbird Blackbird and Neon Canyon // Song Link: Blackbird Blackbird tumblr

Favorite Songs of 2010, #8

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