Sound Sunday is a weekly free album feature, exploring various genres and featuring artists from around the globe. This edition once again takes you on a journey of sound, exposing you to the works of musicians from different corners of the world.
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Cathedral Pearls – Cathedral Pearls
Genre: indie, rock
Cathedral Pearls is a band from Spokane, Washington. The members, Caleb, Karli, Max, and Carrie about the band: “We play pretty fun, pretty loud rock music. Music is fun for us to play and we love to share it with you.”
Cathedral Pearls is a free download from Bandcamp.
– Mixtape Three
Genre: electronica, folk, pop, rock
From the album page: “Sixty Years War Collective is presenting a series of Mixtapes, showcasing great independent artists who are not necessarily associated with the collective. For each mix, a member of the collective will pick ten of their favorite independent musicians and bands to showcase. Chris Darby compiled Mixtape Three. Click on the info about each track to find out more info about the particular artist! Big thanks to all the folks who contributed to the fall mix!”
Mixtape Three is a free download from Bandcamp.
– Another Scary Thing – Redux
Genre: alternative, independent, rock
From their homepage: “Back in 1980 Pål and Conny started talking about doing something together. They had a plan. “Lets make music!” The only problem was that the plan included Påls yet unknown and unborn daughter, Linnea. So they had to wait. In the years that followed, Conny joined up with experimental film-group “fRa-film” and Pål played in various bands and set up several studios in every basement he lived above. In the year 2005 the time was right. Påls daughter, now well known (and of course, born!), started to sing on Connys forthcoming album. Pål contributed some vocals and guitars. The collaboration expanded to such a degree that the “trinity of creativity” decided that it was time for “wHaTiF?” From April the 24th (2006) their first album, “Electricity” is available on iTunes (two years later they decided to give it away for free, so its no longer available on iTUnes). During the most part of 2006 they worked on the follow up, Another Scary Thing. Early 2009 the follow up to AST was released, The Final Meltdown. Since then the group took a well needed break and recharged the batteries.”
Another Scary Thing – redux is a free download from Bandcamp.
The Low Anthem – What The Crow Brings
Genre: alternative, folk
From their NoiseTrade profile: “The Low Anthem is an eclectic group of multi-instrumentalists formed in Providence, Rhode Island by Ben Knox Miller and Jeff Prystowsky and later joined by Jocie Adams. The music they play blends influences ranging from folk to blues and jazz to classical, creating a sound that is distinctly their own. What the Crow Brings is the band’s first self-released, self-produced album, recorded over the course of nine months in their Providence apartment in 2007. Since the release of What the Crow Brings, the band has gone on to international prominence with the breakthrough success of 2008’s Oh My God, Charlie Darwin and this year’s followup, Smart Flesh.”
What The Crow Brings is a free download from NoiseTrade.
The Will Callers – Make It Alright
Genre: rock’n’roll, americana, roots music
From their Facebook page: “The Will Callers are a young generation of alt-country/rock ‘n roll musicians from the southern suburbs of Fort Worth – and although there have been a lineup change or two, the idea remains the same: good friends writing and playing music together. Jake Murphy and Daniel Slatton have been playing music together since their early High School years, and through the course of genre and lineup changes, found their niche in the alt-country/rock and roll/americana genres. The most current lineup is Jake – vocals and guitar, Daniel – drums and vocals,and Justin – guitar.”
Make It Alright is a free download from NoiseTrade.
– Elektrik City
Genre: rhythm’n’blues, soul
From his Facebook page: “Andre Merritt is not only a prolific songwriter, but also an obvious great vocalist. ELEKTRIK CITY is the debut album for Andre Merritt. It features superstars such as Chris Brown in an Internet favorite “Erased”, Kelly Rowland on a fan favorite “Hangover”, Tinie Tempah, and Taboo of BEP. With the collaboration of UK producers Agent X and titles such as “Prostitute”, “Neon”, “Circuit”, and “Mr. Right Now”. ELEKTRIK CITY is ground-breaking and vital to new music.” Andre Merritt has written hits for Rhianna, Chris Brown, Cheryl Cole, Omarion, and many more.
Elektrik City is a free download from.
LOTEK – Go
Genre: dub, reggae, ska, rap, hip hop
From his homepage: “BOOM! Is the sound that International Rudeboy Lotek makes when he takes to the stage and throws down his hip hop inflected ska reggae. Known as an outstanding producer in London for his work with hip hop superstar Roots Manuva and 2009 Mercury Prize winner Speech Debelle’s album Speech Therapy, he has been mixing up a storm in his now Melbourne based studio Counter Clockwise, remixing and tweaking local artists and releasing his new album International Rudeboy.
From studying Sound Engineering in London, honing his craft first at the UK Motown Studios and working at West London’s Rollover Studios, he collaborated with the likes of Seal, Leftfield and Take That before moving on and becoming a regular at the Big Dada and Ninja Tunes label with his own work. He moved on to write the music for the Playstation game Getaway 2- Black Monday and went on to win a BBC Urban Music Bursary Award and used part of the prize money to travel to Eastern Europe and Australia touring writing and recording.”
Go is a free download from Bandcamp.
Cyclamen – Free Demos
Genre: experimental, metal, post-rock
Cyclamen is the band of Hayato Imanishi from Japan. Together with guest musicians, he writes and records songs, and occasionally plays shows. After the live band split up in June 2011, they are presently looking for a drummer anywhere in the world.
Free Demos is a free download from Bandcamp.
Smile As She Cries – Can You See Us Now?
Genre: hardcore, post-hardcore, screamo
Can You See Us Now? was the debut EP of Smile As She Cries. The band was founded in late 2009 and played live for many months before splitting up in late summer 2011. From their Facebook page: “We are all still friends, even though our paths have diverted from one another. Keep a look out for some members in other performing groups. We’d like to thank our fans and our families for the insane support we have been so honored to receive.”
Can You See Us Now? is a free download from Bandcamp.
C418 – Seven Years of Server Data
Genre: ambient, electronica, drum’n’bass
From the album page: “After cleaning up the folders on my server I decided to put up a collection of some songs as a free album. Bear with me though as this is a very varied collection from very old music to very recent remixes. Some might sound terrible and the sound quality is something that could be better (FLAC will not save you most of the time). However, I hope you appreciate this album as what it is.”
Seven Years of Server Data is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
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