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February 23, 2014

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I actually need music to write as it helps me block out ambient noise. Stars of the Lid get heavy rotation on my headphones and, as you say, their stuff is perfect for reading to.

I would recommend you take a listen to Lowercase Noises as you like this. Ambient drone guitar stuff. Again perfect to read and write to.

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