I've been thinking about how to describe music that works for writing. Of course it's different for everyone, but let's take my personal experience because I think there are more people that would feel the same about it.
Side note: I'm not good with labelling music with common genres. Not because I don't want to conform to anything, just because I've never exchanged a lot of thoughts on music with others which leaves me with a lack of 'musical common ground' with most people.
For instance, when I want to get 'inspired', I like to listen music that is > 10 minutes long. The longer it keeps flowing, the longer you keep floating.
Other keywords that typically come to mind when music gets me going creatively are:
- playful but melancholic - very slow build up - dramatic, but not too heavy and not ironically - timeless - hypnotizing, but not in a minimal way
For the past five months I've been nerding a very specific kind of music that makes my brain buzz with creativity. It's a bit less dramatic then your list, but I think you'll like it. I call it 'Soft Melodic Dream'.
Excellent playlist! As a writer myself, I find myself looking for music to listen to while writing often. I do not have a particular playlist but what I personally look for is music with wit and music that does not inform my writing. For example, if I listen to Bruce Springsteen (whom I love) I find that his songwriting can distract or inform my own since it is so narrative driven. I often will listen to Randy Newman, his scores and his songs. spotify:album:26BCalUBTbAn43AFrPE29T . Try out Eric Whitacre as well for some beautiful music. Racing Glaciers is a great choice for a more modern rock group that works for me. spotify:track:6ix0JxyNfA7eBC9W56JRpj