The world is louder by the day. How can you focus? How can you prioritize what problems to solve? How can you enjoy a pop song when you can’t even hear yourself think? For those moments, there exists a slower kind of music, a music that allows you the space for your thoughts to wander, for your mind to open, to regenerate some of what was lost. This stuff can be harder to find and to keep up with—but it’s really rewarding if you turn yourself over to it. So here’s a hefty list of the year’s best ambient music.