Playlist: Tiny Songs For Your Sleepy Brain

Good morning! Actually, I take that back. What’s good about the morning? I find that nothing feels worse than peeling myself out of my delicious, warm, soft bed. And even when I’m physically out of bed, my brain stays set to sleep mode until I’ve had several cups of coffee. Until then, my eyes don’t open all the way, my thoughts are under water and the outside world feels generally confusing and intrusive.

Maybe you have the same experience. Here are some tiny, quiet and lovely songs to listen to as you sip your first cup of coffee and wait for your brain to catch up.

Note: maybe you love mornings, and if that’s the case, I’m really happy for you. But please know that we can never go on vacation together.

Tiny Songs For Your Sleepy Brain


When My Hair Was Long – Kaia
The End – Allison Weiss
Junebug Waltz – Hurray for the Riff Raff
Snowfalls in November – Julie Doiron
You Swan, Go On – Mount Eerie, Julie Doiron & Fred Squire
Little Suitcase – Luluc
With You – Lucy Michelle and The Velvet Lapelles
Sali’s Song – Hurray for the Riff Raff
I Felt Your ShapeThe Microphones
Songbird – Katie Herzig
unfinished song – Nervous But Excited
Dance ‘Til the Morning Light – Slow Club
Straight Lines – Dawn Landes
Beholden – Kaia



Tell me your favorite sleepy tracks below.

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Gabrielle used to be a contributing editor at Autostraddle. These days, she's the editorial director at NYLON, an international media company for millennial women, which obviously she tries to make as gay as possible. She lives in Brooklyn and her two favorite colors are black and blonde.

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  1. I agree. Most stuff by Bright Eyes are always appropriate morning-friendly tunes. Birdy’s album is pretty awesome too, especially for coffee relaxing times. As is anythig by Sigur Ros, particularly: Med sud I eryum rar, Hoppipolla and Takk. Finally Iron and Wine: Flightless bird, American mouth. Oh oh and Frightened Rabbit are amazingly relaxing. Last but not least, Glen Hansard: Falling slowly and Star star. Now, go and enjoy, before I regurgitate half of my iTunes library.

  2. Anything by Fleet Foxes, Laura Marling, and the Head and the Heart are my morning tunes. This summer I made a playlist called “Folk-y shit” and listened to it almost every morning in my cubicle.

  3. Such a perfectly sleepy playlist. Maybe it’ll help me actually wake up to run tomorrow morning..
    First Aid Kit, some Tablo, Simon and Garfunkel, Fionn Regan and Lucy Rose are also nice to crawl out of bed to.

  4. I have been lurking quietly in the shadows but was inspired to post when I learned that other people listen to Julie Doiron, too! The Kings of Convenience make beautiful music to (slowly) wake up to.

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