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free musicSound Sunday is a weekly feature that promotes free album downloads. Every edition invites you to explore various artists and genres from around the world. This Sunday’s mix will get you moving!

Note that name your price albums can be downloaded for free by entering 0 in the price field. That said, we strongly recommend you to donate a few dollars for music you enjoy!

You are welcome to submit your music, send suggestions with free albums you have discovered, or request genres we haven’t covered in a while. For all Sound Sunday related inquiries, please contact Tina [tina at makeuseof dot com].

Free Song: Squid the Whale – Rolling in the Deep (Adele cover)

Genre: alternative, indie, progressive, pop, rock

From their Facebook page: “In just over a year this 4 piece indie pop rock band SQUID THE WHALE, has taken over your headphones, cities and respect… but they’re just getting started. In an industry where musicianship is all but forgotten, Squid the Whale remind you, talent matters. Their newest EP, “new war.”, takes you through stories filled with honest lyrics and raw emotion. The powerful yet smooth vocals are wonderfully complimented by savvy instrumentals that stray from the expected. SQUID THE WHALE has the passion, sound and drive to inevitably break through. This is exactly what music needs.


Rolling in the Deep is a free download from Bandcamp.

Diamond – Don’t Lose Your Cool

Genre: alternative, indie, rock

From their Bandcamp profile: “By the grace of extensive video chatting and garage band recordings, Diamond was born in bedrooms scattered across Baltimore, Chicago, and Richmond. Heavily Influenced by 90’s alternative music, Skateboarding, and girls, “Don’t Lose Your Cool” [has been available] on vinyl and tape [since] May.

Don’t Lose Your Cool is a free download from Bandcamp.

Point of View – Sideshow Years

Genre: punk, reggae, ska

From their Facebook profile: “Point of View plays fresh ground hot-off-the-grill punk rock with a side of reggae and some mayo.

Sideshow Years is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Prosthetic Arms – Prosthetic Arms – Lung Explosives

Genre: indie, hardcore, pop, rock, punk

From La Escalera’s band profile: “Prosthetic Arms is a Southern California based Punk band that took its final shape in 2005. They first came onto the scene as Up In Arms but quickly changed the name to Prosthetic Arms due to a suggestion by the bassist Dane on the way home from practice one day. Their music can be summed up to one word stated by the Drummer Adam, “melodic-skate-punk-gruff-core.”

Prosthetic Arms – Lung Explosives is a free download from Bandcamp.

Nicholas Abersold – Porridge

Genre: alternative, indie, pop, singer-songwriter

From his Bandcamp profile: “Everything you need to know about the Norwegian leather industry. Plus a bunch of songs no one else would write, so I had to.

Porridge is a free download from Bandcamp.

Turnpike Glow – Inflatable Optimism

Genre: indie, pop

From their Facebook page: “Turnpike Glow started life in Rome, in a scene marginalised by glossy mainstream pop and insider trading. With their Pavement/ Phoenix inspired sound, they soon found themselves supporting acts likeThe Futureheads, The Constantines and Cooper Temple Clause. In 2007 they started flying over to do live shows in th UK and it wasn’t long before Sandro Schiena and Giuseppe La Mela, the songwriting core of the band, moved to London armed with only their guitars and a bag full of European plug adaptors. One rainy Sunday, the pair bumped into Anthony J. Hutchinson (drums) busking on the tube in a giant sombrero. They talked, they laughed and eventually they joined forces.

Inflatable Optimism is a free download from Bandcamp.

The Amnesiacs – Forget to Remember

Genre: indie, ska, funk

From their SoundCloud profile: “The Amnesiacs are an exciting Ska/rap/funk/indie group from Liverpool. Providing a scintillating rendition of contemporary Ska fused with a modern day twist, not recreating the past but rather pushing it forwards. The songs provide a sharp documentary of modern day living – subjects that affect us all in this current climate of social and political uncertainty. They combine their social awareness with humour and irony – a throw back to the golden era of socially conscious music and attitude. As a live act The Amnesiacs are a formidable force with boundless energy and enthusiasm. The stage show incorporates the five core Amnesiacs members, plus keyboards and a three piece brass section.

Forget to Remember is a free download from SoundCloud.

she – Compilation

Genre: electronica, chiptune, ambient

From Lain’s Facebook page: “Lain Trzaska (she) Creates stories with Sounds and Images. Each album features a Character set in a world where the listener decides the outcome of events played out in the music.

The Compilation is a free download from she’s homepage.

Astralwerks – Hey Boy, Hey Girl! – Pride 2012

Genre: indie, alternative, electronic, dance, edm, compilation

From their Facebook page: “Astralwerks is a music label, founded in 1993 and based in New York. (…) It’s a classic truism, but it’s all about great music and our willingness to adapt when necessary. (…) Our label was a reaction to and a recognition of the rise of electronic music in the mid-90s and we laid the foundations for ourselves by releasing some of the most groundbreaking electronic artists (Photek, u-Ziq, Future Sound Of London, Spacetime Continuum, to name just a few). In 1997, the growth and commercial success of the mighty Chemical Brothers was something of a milestone for us, which lead to our involvement with Kraftwerk, Fatboy Slim, Air, Basement Jaxx, Cassius and other artists loosely connected to the global dance music scene. As the new century began, we recognized, as many labels eventually do, the need to diversify and our roster grew to include singer-songwriters and guitar-based artists such as Beth Orton, doves, Kings Of Convenience, Phoenix and Placebo. Astralwerks has always prided itself on aligning with musicians and groups with unique personalities and voices. Our kitchen drawer does not contain a cookie-cutter. So, fifteen years in, we have successfully launched the US careers of many new artists – not just through the passion, knowledge and dedication of our staff which should be the cornerstone of any good label operation – but also our commitment to working creatively with artist management, booking agents and strategic partners in the world of film and TV.

Hey Boy, Hey Girl! – Pride 2012 is a free download from Bandcamp.

Hectic Zeniths – Selftitled

Genre: electronic, piano, synths, instrumental, hip hop

From Kitchen Dip: “Hectic Zeniths is the work of bedroom producer and multi-instrumentalist Adam Morgan Prince. Nearly three years in the making, the densely layered project builds around original piano compositions with an atmospheric collage of chopped and pitched dollar-bin vinyl samples, live instrumentation, synths, and haunting vocals. Featuring violinist Patrick Bailey, guitarist Dave Cohen, and The Yetti on drums.

The selftitled album Hectic Zeniths is a free download from Kitchen Dip Recordings.

United for Iran – Azadi: Songs of Freedom for Iran

Genre: traditional, rock, hip hop, compilation

From the album page: “Azadi means freedom…
It’s been three years since the post-election uprising in Iran, and Iranians are still seeking democracy and human rights. More than 20,000 citizens have been arrested for peaceful dissent. Iran ranks first worldwide in per capita executions, and jails the most journalists.
United for Iran has collaborated with musicians from Iran, Egypt, Libya, South Africa, U.S., Palestine, Iraq, Sweden, Japan and more to produce AZADI: Freedom Songs for Iran, a mixtape album mixed and arranged by DJ Child of Project Groundation. The artists have written and contributed songs of resistance and inspiration to create the first ever solidarity collection for the people of Iran. (…)
“In the face of human suffering, art is one of the most effective forms of resistance,” said Soraya Fallah. In that light, support the struggle for human rights and democracy in Iran by taking part in this effort. Listen to songs. Read the bios and the lyrics. Download the mixtape for FREE. And SHARE with your community!

Azadi: Songs of Freedom for Iran is a free download from Bandcamp.

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  1. Ben
    June 19, 2012 at 11:52 am

    WOW! Loving Squid The Whale! I haven't even gotten through the rest yet, I'll be buying this one!

  2. SubgeniusD
    June 19, 2012 at 2:39 am

    Bad she - Compilation link

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    • Tina
      June 20, 2012 at 2:41 pm

      Wish I could explain and/or fix that. Sorry!

  3. Lucero De La Tierra
    June 18, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Thanks for these links! Always psyched about finding new and different music.

  4. John Crume
    June 18, 2012 at 12:14 am

    Feel like this is like tipping. If you get good service and you like the product, tip!

    • Tina
      June 18, 2012 at 7:22 am

      Absolutely right! So, did you feel like tipping any of the artists from this edition? :)