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Featured Collection: Deep Listening

For our first Featured Collection, we invite you to dive into Deep Listening, a selection of albums inspired by the quiet daytime hours at ISC.

If you’ve visited the In Sheep’s Clothing listening bar, you’ve likely encountered a small folded card on the table with a simple message: “To hear more, say less.” Although never strictly enforced, the request has been a key strand in ISC’s DNA: providing a space for absorbing music, either collectively or in solitude. 

This has been especially apparent during the daytime hours. Before the pandemic, ISC was a refuge within the bustling downtown Los Angeles streets, an Arts District nook advocating for an ideal. It was a clean, well-lighted space for whispered productivity and sound-centered reflection while enjoying a cup of tea or a glass of Japanese whisky. A zone attuned to music. 

The daytime soundtrack invited that calmness with a selection of albums that transcended genre.

Deep listening, as coined by composer, teacher and thinker Pauline Olivieros, involves the idea of removing distraction and fully immersing yourself in the sounds around you. Such attention feels necessary in our constantly scrolling, ever-updating modern world, where we mostly experience music passively. We hear, but we don’t listen. 

By contrast, the artists who create great records do so actively, spending countless hours practicing, imagining and recording their work. They arrange each detail, augment melodies with sly references, plant sonic Easter-eggs and toil over high-hat tones. They use all 24 tracks. They build grand, monumental songs and invite us in for all eternity.  

We propose you absorb and internalize recordings as you would a novel, film or glass of fine wine. Live within them by carving time for deep listening. Put your phone in the other room. Don’t talk. Hush the internal dialogue. Focus on your eardrums and the miraculous ways in which waves of invisible energy, devoid of time and space, activate them. 

Below are some of the most engrossing albums from those daytime selections at In Sheep’s Clothing. Whether the cosmic panorama of Alice Coltrane’s World Galaxy or the “music for dreams and illusion” of Pepe Maina’s Il Canto Dell’Arpa E Del Flauto, each of these records is a portal into a new realm — so long as you allow.

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Acid Archives
Afrobeat
Ambient
AOR
Art Rock
Avant-Garde
Balearic
Big Band
Blues
Boogie
Bossa
Breakbeat
Classical
Compilation
Cosmic
Cult Classic
Dance
Deep Listening
Disco
Downtempo
Dub
Dubwise
Early Electronic
ECM
Electro
Electronic
Elegant Pop
Esoteric
Essential Listening
Ethereal
Experimental
Field recording
Floating
Folk
Fourth World
Funk
Fusion
Gospel
Guitar
Holy Grail
Home Listening
Hypnotic
Indie
Instrumental
Isolation
Jamaica
Jazz
Jazz-funk
Kankyo Ongaku
Krautrock
Latin
Leftfield
Live Recording
Lovers Rock
Meditative
Mellow
Minimal
Mizell Brothers
Modern Classical
Mono
New Age
New Wave
Now Sound
Obscure
Organic
Outsider Pop
Percussion
Political
Pop
Post Bop
Post Rock
Private Press
Psychedelic
Rock
Roots Reggae
Samples
Soft Rock
Soul
Soul-jazz
Sound Collage
Spiritual
Spiritual Jazz
Street Soul
Synth
Synth-pop
Synthwave
Third Stream
Traditional
Vocal
West Africa
World
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