Discreet Music

Melancholic Ambient

120 minsFirst aired 4 Dec 2018Next Discreet Music Mon at 2:00pm EDT
Artwork by Nayan Graf Quartier

Sam Hockley-Smith selects despondent but lovely jams from The Caretaker, Tom Carter, Donnacha Costello and much more.

There are plenty of “melancholy ambient” playlists in the world, but they can often veer toward being cheesy. In this installment of Discreet Music, we look at the better side of melancholy instrumental music — from the beautiful guitar tones of Tom Carter to the decaying piano of The Caretaker, and much more.


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Engineered by Mike Bloom

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