Sound Sunday is a weekly feature promoting free album downloads. Every edition invites you to explore a selection of genres and artists from around the world. This Sunday’s compilation is laid-back and quiet, suitable for a lazy day inside or out.
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Mat McHugh – Love Come Save Me
Genre: acoustic, dub, roots, blues, folk
From his homepage: “In 2002 the frontman and creative force behind The Beautiful Girls began riding the wave as the band’s Morning Sun EP became the radio hit of the Australian Summer. In 2010, after 12 world tours, eight records and 285,000 album sales, the wave reached a musical highwater mark with the critically acclaimed Spooks – a dub tour de force which peaked at number 6 on the US Billboard Reggae Charts and debuted at number one on the Australian Independent charts. The album won over critics around the world and took McHugh to the US for two national tours in the one year. The first with his band to see the old fans, the second to the church of John Butler with nothing but an acoustic guitar between him and a new cast of thousands. The latter was a watershed moment – and now the tide has receded to reveal a new world of inspiration for one of Australia’s best-loved songwriters.”
Love Come Save Me is a free download from this website.
Brad McNett – Introducing: Brad McNett
Genre: jazz, vocal, cabaret, great american songbook
From his homepage: “Barely into his twenties, vocalist/composer, Brad McNett, is quickly becoming one of the most popular interpreters of the Great American Songbook. McNett’s large repertoire and his ability to interpret a lyric or turn a phrase with, the skill and poise of someone twice his age, makes him an instant smash with any audience. “There’s a late-’50s sensibility in his voice—touches of Mel Torme and Frank D’Rone,” according to Marc Myers of JazzWax.com.”
Introducing: Brad McNett is a free download from Bandcamp.
Meghan Arias – Songs To Sail By
Genre: indie, rock, pop
From her Bandcamp profile: “I am a five foot two, eyes of blue, former tomboy who now loves red lipstick, is pessimistically hopeful, who feels too much and thinks too much, with a penchant for old postcards, chocolate…and red wine. I spend some of my time staring at piano keys and sometimes they tell me stuff and I try and write it down.”
Songs To Sail By is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Shawn Clarke – NXNE Sampler
Genre: indie, acoustic, folk, sampler
From his Facebook Biography: “Shawn Clarke is a folk singer/ songwriter from Toronto Ontario. As a songwriter, his goal has been to simplify music and melodies, bringing the subjects of his lyrics to the foreground. Although sometimes subtly, his influences include Tom Waits, Bright Eyes, Wilco, Nick Drake, and Martin Tielli to name a few. In addition to his solo work, Shawn has also contributed to the gypsy folk collective Olenka and the Autumn Lovers, and gothic blues act Timber Timbre.”
NXNE Sampler is a free download from.
Solitaire Miles – Dark Eyes
Genre: jazz, swing, vocal
From her website: “Solitaire Miles… the name has a ring to it, echoing with loneliness and distance… it sounds too good to be true, but look on her birth certificate and you’ll see it’s the real thing: Solitaire Miles. Listen to her sing and you’ll hear the real thing, too. Considering the ancestry of hipness she needed to get a name like that, you won’t be surprised to learn that Solitaire comes from a swinging bloodline. Her grandmother Sybil Der Manuel was a big band vocalist in the early 1940’s. When Sol, aged three, heard her first Billie Holiday side, she thought she was hearing Grandma. When Sybil played the piano and sang, young Sol would sit underneath next to the foot pedals for hours, drinking in the sounds of the past that would one day become her future.”
Dark Eyes is a free download from Bandcamp.
Danny Baranowsky – Parallax
Genre: electronic, orechstral, soundtrack, game music, rock
From his homepage: “Danny was raised on classic rock, video game music and “Weird Al” Yankovic. He learned from an early age to appreciate a vast array of musical styles, but never to take music too seriously. Danny first broke onto the scene doing soundtracks for independent films in the Phoenix area. Several satisfied directors and a Phoenix Film Festival award later, Danny started dB Soundworks and set his sights on expanding into other mediums, specifically video games. Cutting his teeth at OverClocked ReMix, he got his chops from doing arrangements of video game songs in myriad styles. Serving as a judge on the OC ReMix panel helped him to deeper understand the way music is written and percieved. He loves a good chiptune just as much as a meticulously crafted orchestral score. He is proficient in Propellerhead’s Reason and Steinberg’s Cubase SX as his primary sequencing software.”
Parallax is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Somió – Organised Sound
Genre: electronic, downtempo
Somió is a music project by Manchester artist Kieron James. Unfortunately, both the website for Somió as well as his Clear Notice Recordings label have expired.
From the album page: “Kieron’s interest in percussive sounds – and their significance to the overall composition – results from his musical apprenticeship as a drummer in a number of bands, the most successful being The Emotionals.”
Organised Sound is a free download from Bandcamp.
SOLA-MI – Nexus
Genre: electronic, pop
From the album page: “SOLA-MI is a concept band featuring Derek Webb, Josh Moore (Co-producer of Webb’s ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ and ‘Feedback’ albums), and Latifah Phillips (of ‘The Autumn Film’ and ‘Page CXVI’), commissioned and inspired by Solomon Mente’s groundbreaking fictional narrative and film, ‘NEXUS’. Their debut album, the original motion picture soundtrack for Mente’s ‘NEXUS’, is available in its entirety for free.”
Nexus is a free download from NoiseTrade.
Reconcile – Abandoned Hope
Genre: gospel, hip hop
From his homepage: “Reconcile, now 23 years old holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies, Philosophy, and Sociology from Rice University, and is currently pursuing a Master of Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary. Reconcile is also part of Full Ride Music Group, a label recently founded by “Thi’sl” and currently lives in Third Ward Houston, TX where he serves in his community and his church mentoring young adults and youth in various low economic areas in Houston.”
Abandoned Hope is a free download from NoiseTrade.
Planet BlackSoul – Basements Appearance Vol?.?One
Genre: electronic, neo-soul, dubstep, rock, hip hop
From the album page: “PicaSoul and Black two Emcees from a family tree of singers, musicians, and painters. Together spending hours in the basement of Souls mothers house recording one record after another they created a group together called “Planet BlackSoul” soundtrack creators for human emotions. Featuring many local artist and friends with beats produced by the Flying Lotus.”
Basements Appearance Vol?.?One is a free download from Bandcamp.
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