Beatles instrumentals to study and relax to: Fab Four’s music now available as “Study Songs” mixes

Six laid-back arrangements of much-loved Beatles tracks feature.

The Beatles have released a new curated collection entitled Study Songs Vol. 1. The EP features six instrumental mixes from the archive and, as its title suggests, it’s focused on the more laid-back end of the band’s catalogue.

The tracks featured on Study Songs Vol. 1 are Because, Penny Lane, Within, Without You, She’s Leaving Home, Something and Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight. The mixes from Abbey Road were previously released as part of the 2019 Super Deluxe Edition of the legendary album, with Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight featuring just strings and brass, and Something consisting only of George Martin’s moving string arrangement.

Within Without You showcases Harrison’s sitar work, and this pared-down mix puts the varied instrumentation up front, and is perhaps the most relaxing and hypnotic mix on the whole EP. You can take a listen to it below, or stream the entire EP on Spotify, Apple Music and other streaming services.

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The ‘Vol. 1’ in the title also hints at more to come.

In related low-energy Beatles news, last week saw the release of Billie Eilish’s mesmerising version of Something, which pares the arrangement down to just piano and voice.

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