This is a list of 10 instrumental tracks, mostly from the last twenty years: piano pieces, some with string sections, soundtracks, and the inclassable Sigur Ros and Aphex Twin.
Find the Spotify playlist at the bottom of the article.
Fleuve No.1 – Flore Laurentienne
One of the most recent tracks on the list, from a rising star from Montreal.
Says – Nils Frahm
Nils Frahm is one of the musical geniuses of the decade. Look at him perform.
Rhubarb – Aphex Twin
The only track on this list from the 90’s. It aged, super well!
The Night King – Ramin Djawadi
Ramin Djawadi‘s perfect score for Game of Throne’s The Night King.
Temple of Sorrow – M83
On his last album, Synth Wizard M83 went back to insrumental pieces. ‘Temple of Sorrow’ is a fans’ favorite.
On The Nature of Daylight – Max Richter
Max Richter is one of the few classical composer that did a Tiny Desk Session. Because he is just too good.
Carnaval Ayacupersa – Duo Perse-Inca
Do you like to hear new instruments? Discover the Charango from the Andes, along with the iranian Kamancheh on this piece by Duo Perse-Inca.
Near Lights – Ólafur Arnalds
Ólafur Arnalds is of the same “neo-classical” wave as Nils Frahm. They even collaborated together.
Treefingers – Radiohead
One of the rare Radiohead instrumental track.
Untitled 3 (Samskeyti) – Sigur Ros
The icelandic band can invent a language but also do without lyrics.