This Sunday we will musically cross the decades. From 80s pop, via timeless folk and 90s style space rock, to present day folk, indie pop, ambient and electronic music. Endless variety packed into only 10 albums.
As there are many ‘name your price’ downloads in this edition, I should probably mention once more that you can enter a price of $0, which in fact makes the album free! However, if you do enjoy a piece, please consider making a donation. It promotes original music, the sound of which is not dictated by large record labels and the mainstream.
Furthermore, if you have any thoughts or suggestions, feel free to post your feedback in the comments or email me [tina at makeuseof dot com]. Thank you!
Duran Duran – Thank You (live album)
Genre: new wave, pop, rock
Over the past couple of weeks, Duran Duran had to cancel several gigs of their European Tour due to an illness of lead singer Simon Le Bon. To make up for the disappointments and to thank their fans for the continued support, the band has now released a live recording of their performance in Rome at RDS radio on May 12th.
Download Thank You one track at a time from Duran Duran’s Homepage.
– Love & War & The Sea In Between
Genre: folk, neo-soul
Per his Facebook profile, Josh Garrels is a recording artist, music engineer, and label owner from Portland Oregon. But above all, he is a mightily talented singer&songwriter, with a mesmerizing voice framing enchanting songs. As his blog reveals, it was a divine inspiration to offer this album for free for an entire year. Donations welcome!
Love & War & The Sea In Between is a free download from Bandcamp.
The Boxing Lesson – Songs In the Key of C
Genre: indie, space rock, classic rock, experimental
From their Facebook Biography: “The Boxing Lesson is a shape shifting American band based in Austin, Texas. (…) Haunting vocals and moody melodies are punctuated by mesmerizing guitars, droney beats and expressive electronica. The Boxing Lesson plays “space” rock that can transport the listener to another dimension and calls upon classic influences such as Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Brian Eno & The Cure.”
Songs In The Key of C is a free download from Bandcamp.
What A Mess I’ve Made – selftitled
Genre: alternative, acoustic
What A Mess I’ve Made is the acoustic band project and selftitled album of Javan from New York. In his own words: “I love music. If there’s at least one person who hears any of these songs and finds some sort of positive use in them, whether it be a relation to lyrics of some sort, a decent time listening/singing along or just some background shit to past the time, then, thank you. I’m happy.” Judging by how much I enjoyed the album, he must be happy!
What A Mess I’ve Made is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
– Dine Alone & Friends Summer 2011 Sampler
Genre: mixed, indie, folk, pop, rock
Dine Alone Records is the Toronto, Canada based record label of bands like Alexisonfire, The Civil Wars, and Tokyo Police Club. They currently have a #1 record in Canada with City and Colour’s new album Little Hell. The label has released this sampler to help you kick start your summer.
Dine Alone & Friends Summer 2011 Sampler is a free download from.
Jus Like Music Records – Untold Songs: Remixes EP1
Genre: dubstep, electronica, neo-soul, hip hop
From the Bandcamp page: “Remixes EP1 was the FREE precursor to the Untold Songs: Volume One 23-track compilation that has been released in conjunction with Amnesty International. Silkie, Quest, Jett Lets and 10Sumo agreed to remix three artists who feature on the full release in order to help raise awareness for our project and fantastic cause. These remixes are free and the full compilation is just a mere £5, the majority of which will go directly to Amnesty International to support their “Stop Violence Against Women” campaign, so we’d really appreciate it if, after grabbing these free remixes, you’d purchase the full compilation. You wont be disappointed!”
Untold Songs: Remixes EP1 is a free download from Bandcamp.
Bugseed & – Flipping Formats Beattape
Genre: beats, jazz, soul, instrumental, hip hop
Bugseed and Ill.Sugi are beatmakers from Japan. This beattape was a collaboration recorded in one night at Ill.Sugi’s home in Kanagawa. Bugseed was previously featured on Sound Sunday with his Bohemian Beatnik LP.
Flipping Formats Beattape is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
R/D – Liquid Heart Keeper
Genre: indie, electronica, space funk, knock & roll, instrumental
From his The Design Disorder (record label) profile: “RD is a Sound Designer, Music Producer, DJ and Label owner. He gained notoriety in the late 90’s as the Founder of the Experimental Liquor Museum (E.L.M.); a Los Angeles based collective of DJ’s that spear-headed the local experimental music scene with their renowned underground electro parties. RD has released music on 1320 Records (US), TouchinÕ Bass (UK), Colony Productions (UK) and his own label; The Designed Disorder (US). Although he is best known for his unique brand of glitched-out electro, in recent years his sound has slowed in tempo, morphing into futuristic funk with an all-out hip-hop core, devastating sub-lines and tweaked melodies that combine to rock crowds and tickle brains.” R/D is currently touring the US.
Liquid Heart Keeper is a free download from R/D’s Homepage.
Uncertain – Grief: Silence in Five Movements
Genre: experimental, ambient, avant-garde, electronica, acoustic
From Uncertain’s Facebook Biography: “Uncertain is a sound project which was started from Indio, California in the Winter of 2007 by Florian-Ayala Fauna, who is the sole member of the project aside from the occasional guest collaborator. (…) Their work seeks to collect, arrange, dissect, create, disfigure, beautify, set fire to, seed, and manipulate delicate, fragile sounds that vary from the organic to the unearthly. (…) Uncertain’s aural arrangements are made to reflect and penetrate into the innermost self and being, whether those be in a state of ongoing despair or dancing in amniotic, sanguine beauty.” The present album was recorded in memory of Peter Christopherson.
Grief: Silence in Five Movements is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Tangram – The Long Walk
Genre: ambient, downtempo, electronica, instrumental
Tangram aka Peter Fabok has become a star of Sound Sunday, with this being his seventh album featured. The present album provides the soundtrack for a meditative walk from the city, through the desert, across the mountain, and into the forest.
The Long Walk is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
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