This week is full of gems. We have guests from Singapore, the UK, Ireland, and the USA. The featured albums cover styles from alternative rock and folk, disco, and melodramatic pop, via reggae, ambient, electronica, to beats, rap, and trip hop. Want more of the same or something different? Your feedback and input can shape next week’s edition! Just leave a comment or eMail me [tina at makeuseof dot com].
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Caracal – Bear. Shark. Wolf.
Genre: alternative, rock
Bear. Shark. Wolf. is the first full length album of Singapore’s alternative rock band Caracal. They have been invited play at the Canadian Music Festival in Toronto. To make that trip happen, Caracal is currently raising funds through their Caracal Goes Canada blog. If you appreciate their music, please help them come to Canada!
Bear. Shark. Wolf. is a free download from Bandcamp.
Sophie Madeleine – Sidetrack Sessions
Genre: folk, pop, acoustic
This album is an excellent example of how wonderful procrastination can be. While supposed to be doing more productive things, she recorded cover songs, hence the name Sidetrack Sessions with the subtitle ‘or the things I did when I should have been doing something else’.
Sidetrack Sessions is a free download from.
Thy Wolven Magick – Î©
Genre: ambient, drone, soundscape
This album was released through the dutch DomaData Netlabel. It’s a three track spooky soundscape that stretches over 50 minutes. Perfect soundtrack for ghost stories or other scary tales told on a cold winter night.
Omega is a free download from Bandcamp.
Chris Dooks – Minimal 48
Genre: avant-garde, electronica, folk, folctronica
Chris Dooks is a polymash audio artist from the UK. As the title suggests, Minimal 48 was created in a mere 48 hours, in response to Glasgow’s Minimal Festival, which was held in November 2010. The album was produced entirely on an iPod uing live DSP processing software, while Chris was wandering around the locations.
Minimal 48 is a free download from Bandcamp.
Chris Dooks Homepage.
Lamp – Sagittarius
Genre: progressive, rock
From their MySpace page: “Lamp is a two piece progadelic band based in Cork [Republic of Ireland]. This two headed, four armed procrastinating monster is made up of two young men with sickeningly Irish surnames; Ted Murphy and Shane O’ Leary. These two boyoz have been playing in bands together since the age of 15. They started Lamp around January 2007 as a side project (…).”
Sagittarius is a free download from Bandcamp.
Mr.Fari – The Free Album
Genre: alternative, reggae, pop, jam, roots
From his Bio on ReverbNation: “Mr.Fari says that his work is “like growing a little farm in a very urban city.” He feels it is simple, organic, minimalist yet concrete and streetsy. He is heavily influenced by old school reggae, which is in his lyrics and is something he says he picked up in Puerto Rico. His love for satire and irony comes from his upbringing in Kuwait and reading Sufi style poetry.”
The Free Album is available from Bandcamp.
Graham O’Brien – Live Drums
Genre: drums, down tempo, instrumental, hip hop, trip hop
Graham O’Brien is a drummer and music producer based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. In 2010 he debuted with his solo project Live Drums, for which he sampled synthetic sounds and live performed drums to create a unique and engaging sound experience.
Although Live Drums has surpassed the numbers and costs $2 on Bandcamp, it is licensed under a Creative Commons license and can be downloaded for free from NOECHO Records.or
Q.Dub – Lost In Piff Clouds
Genre: hip hop, beats, rap, mixtape
Album intro: “Take a stroll through Jerz with the talented artist/writer Q.Dub a.k.a “Clutch Game” VP of Presidential Block Development Group(PBDG) one of Brick City’s hottest up and coming record labels!”
Lost In Piff Clouds can be downloaded for free from DatPiff.com.
Graveola e o Lixo PolifÃ´nico – selftitled
Genre: pop, melodramatic, k-pop, jam
|Graveola e o lixo polifÃ´nico literally translates to Graveola and the polyphonic trash. This album, however, is not trash at all. The band itself describes it as a mix of many styles, including rock, samba, barrocobeat, and protopunk. Yes, it’s as busy as a farmer’s market, but also equally fascinating and enticing.|
Download Graveola e o Lixo PolifÃ´nico free from Graveola’s.
Ro Danishei – End Of The Rainbow
Genre: club, disco, pop
|A poem introducing the album from Ro’s Facebook page:
Welcome to the end of the rainbow
Where bluebirds don’t fly
The sun doesn’t shine
Just a disco ball spins high in the sky
Strobing lights that blind your eyes
Keep them shut and open wide
They’ve lied to you kids, there’s only night
Click your heels three times
See you on the other side
End Of The Rainbow is a free download from Ro Danishei’s.
Ro Danishei MySpace and .
This is the end. For more entertainment, browse Past Editions of Sound Sunday. Feel free to get in touch with me [tina at makeuseof dot com] or use the comments to voice your questions, feedback, and suggestions. See you next week!