Crucial albums to survive finals week

By Carl Nadig

Four records help de-stress studying

Whether you’re slowly walking toward DuSable Hall or finishing your last paper in the library, here are four albums to add to your studying playlist:

“Richard D. James” by Aphex Twin

If you need a substitute for a cup of decaf coffee then this album will do the trick and more. With the disarranged clucks and clips of random noises, this glitchy album appeals to different parts of the brain.

“Richard D. James” is great for sitting alone in your room while reviewing the last few chapters of your physics or chemistry textbook.

“Perdition City” by Ulver

Influenced by the dark metal genre, this ominous, weird and jazzy experimental album is subtle and arousing ear candy.

The album’s mood erratically shifts from a horrific portrait to a comforting hush, making this record’s strongest quality the way it toys with its own amplitude.

“Perdition City” creates the perfect background noise for writing your difficult case study paper your sociology professor reminded you about Tuesday.

“Piano Classics” by Aubrey Hilliard

You’ve probably read that listening to classical music increases your spatial awareness. Well, time to test that theory on your next statistics exam (fingers crossed).

This album’s soft melodies focus purely on instrumentation, making this musical collection a generic way to lose yourself in your studies.

Some of the record’s most recognizable tracks include Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata,” Mozart’s “Turkish Rondo,” and Schubert’s “Impromptu Op. 90 No. 2.”

“Ganglion” by Saltillo

Playing on the classical genre, this album mixes classical piano chords and orchestral strings with an electronic twist.

With a musically diverse atmosphere created by Menton J. Matthews III, this concept album arguably incorporates some of the most hypnotic beats created in trip hop. Sarah Matthews, who provides lovely vocals, sings over samples of actors reciting work from Shakespeare and Edgar Allan Poe.

This album is a pleasing experience when reviewing your literary classics or art history exams.